Khepri: Scarab Beetle

Khepri: Scarab Beetle
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Khepri: the newborn sun (Scarab Beetle)

The god Khepri represents one of the three forms of the sun god, the newborn sun rising in the east. Traditionally, the sun god was described as being “Khepri in the morning, Re at midday and Atum in the evening.” Khepri’s name is derived from the ancient Egyptian word kheper, which means to come into being or to become.

The ancient Egyptians imagined the rising sun was pushed over the horizon each morning by Khepri, who was often depicted as a scarab beetle. Actual scarab beetles were often seen rolling balls of mud or dung in front of them, and female scarab beetles laid their eggs in these balls. When the eggs hatched, it seemed to the Egyptians to be life springing from nothingness. Thus, the scarab beetle came to represent the creative power of rebirth seen in the sun’s continual rising in the east each day in the form of Khepri.

While Khepri is frequently depicted as a scarab beetle pushing the disk of the sun, he was also depicted as a human figure with a scarab beetle as a head.