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Origin of the name PTHAH.
Etymology of the name PTHAH.
Meaning of the baby name PTHAH.


PTHAH.  The chief deity of Lower Egypt.  According to the XVIIth chapter of the Ritual of the Dead, Pthah was one of the primordial deities who were created by Ra, and he was a symbolic personification of the elements of creation and of embryonic life.  He was, accordingly, generally represented as a deformed or new-born child, having a very flat head, projecting forehead, thick lips, prominent abdomen, and distorted legs.  On his head was generally figured a scarabaeus.  He holds two serpents against his chest and treads like Horus upon two crocodiles; sometimes also a hawk rests upon each shoulder.  In this form and with these attributes Pthah was called Pthah-Sokari-Osiris, from whence was derived the Pataikos of the Greek authors.  This was the representation of the god as he was adored at Memphis.  Another form of Pthah, that in which he was venerated in Upper Egypt, represented the god as an upright mummy, standing upon a pedestal, and wearing a closely fitting cap; his neck was adorned with a large and beautiful collar, having a counterpoise at the back: his hands, which alone were free, held the tat, or emblem of stability, the cucufa staff, and the crux ansata.  In this form he was analogous to the deity Khonsu, the peculiar deity of the kings of Upper Egypt.  In the Hieroglyphic texts Pthah was called "The Father of Beginnings," "The Creator of the Eggs of the Sun and Moon," and in common with many other divinities, "The Lord of Life." (An Archaic Dictionary, Cooper, 1876).


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