Crucified
Horus

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Before we start explaining this design there’s something we must clarify: Horus was not crucified. Unlike the theories around the internet and some documentaries.That’s not the truth, we checked. The confusion is probably connected to their main symbols, Christ is linked to the roman cross while Horus is linked to the Ankh cross. But there are other similarities, both are sons of God; both were born from a virgin; Horus had twelve followers, Christ had twelve disciples; both are the morning star; they are both part of the divine trinity Father/Son/Holy Spirit and dozens of other resemblances.

Talking about the life and miraculous works of Jesus, we’d love to introduce you to a endless list of deities with the same stories as this nazarene guy. From Adonis to Buddha, Prometheus, Zoroaster, Mithra or even Thor- the list is vast, so, as you see, these people were not very original. Amongst all of those gods we choose Horus because we wanted to work with some Egyptian style.

Even known the crucifixion of Horus was not part of the mythology, we decided to keep the idea, it seem pretty cool to us. We didn’t show the shape of the cross where he’s “nailed”, transforming it into a crucifixion in space (according to the pictures and descriptions of Godfrey Higgins in Anacalypsis, 1836). For the background shape, we tried to give the appearance of the ankh cross, an wide upper side, like the skies and universe, a middle and solid stem to define the earthly life and an horizontal division that separate the mortal life and the eternity.

Horus is shown in a position of victory with a snake on his arms, symbol of transformation (also related to god Quetzalcoatl who died and rebirth as well). His multiple arms are a reference to his omnipresence and omnipotence.  The two front arms are part of his human body, crucified and punished by ache. The back arms signify his presence in the spiritual world (the upper arms) and the others indicate his influence in the physical world (lower arms).

“Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata” - religious print, undated.

Over his head we see a figure that simulates the image of god, from the christian depictions of crucifixion. This Ram-like figure is Khnum, and ancient Egyptian god related to the water and the river Nile, source of wealth and prosperity, bringing prosperity and fertility. We choose him because “Khnum was one of the gods who was thought to have helped Ra on his perilous nocturnal journey through the underworld. It is also thought that he created the boat which carried Ra and helped defend the sun god against the serpent Apep (Apothis). Yet, he was sometimes considered to be the “ba” (similar to the notion of ‘personality) of Ra, because the word for “ram” in egyptian was also “ba”. ”- ancientegyptonline.co.uk

Ra is the god of Sun, linked to Horus because they are both associated to the falcon. In later Egyptian dynastic times, Ra was merged with the god Horus, as Ra-Horakhty (“Ra, who is Horus of the Two Horizons”).

At the left side of Horus we see an hidden head of Christ, covered in blood and with his symbol Chi-Ro duplicated. The three bird legs belong to Sanzuwu, the hree-legged crow from Chinese mythology which represents the sun.

“Double-headed eagle with coats of arms of individual states, symbol of the Holy Roman Empire”. Author- Hans Burgkmair the Elder, woodcut by Jost de Negker, 1510.
“Crucifixion with Sun and Moon”, illumination -Petrus Agricola, 16th century.
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