The god Ra was believed to traverse the sky each day in a sun boat and pass through the realms of the underworld each night on another solar barge and during his nightly travels in the terrifying Underworld Ra was attacked by the serpent god Apep. Interesting facts about ancient Egypt, and its mysterious gods is available via:
Facts about Apep
Apep Profile & Fact File
Names: Apep, Apothis, Apophisis, Apepi or Aapep.
Titles: "Serpent of the Nile", the "Evil Lizard", "He who spits", "The Destroyer" and the "Eater-up of Souls". Apep was the original "He Who Must Not Be Named"
Role: The function of this ancient evil god is described as being the god of chaos and destruction
Function: As the god of chaos and destruction he threatened world and divine order and attempted to prevent Ra from bringing the sun into the sky
Status: He was associated with the deep, dark waters of the Underworld and was immortal
Description: Apep was usually described as a giant snake, measured miles in length and had a head made of hard rock
Powers: According to ancient Egyptian Mythology he was believed to have supernatural powers Apep and was able to use a magical gaze to hypnotize Ra and his companion gods
Egyptian Mythology: The evil god Apep features in many stories, creation myths and legends in Egyptian Mythology especially relating to the Sun Boat and the Tree of Life
Images and Pictures of
Apep in Ancient Egyptian Art
Picture of the evil serpent god attacking Atum-Ra
Apep in Ancient Egyptian History
Apep in Ancient Egyptian History - The "Book
of the Overthrowing of Apep"
Apep in Ancient Egyptian History - The
"Banishing of Apep"
The priests first created an effigy of the god of evil, chaos and destruction. The effigy was taken to the center of the sun temple and the priests would pray that all the evil and wickedness in Egypt would go into the effigy. The effigy of Apep would then be attacked and defiled. The priests spat on the effigy, beat it with sticks, hacked at it with weapons and eventually burned and destroyed it. The priests and the ancient Egyptians believed that this ritual would curtail the power and influence of Apep and banish him from Egypt for the forthcoming year. The acts of dishonoring, dismembering and disposing of the effigy were seen as important and dangerous duty of the ancient Egyptian priests and increased their power in Egypt.
Apep in Ancient Egyptian Mythology - The
Apep in Ancient Egyptian History - Talismans
Apep in Egyptian Mythology - The Sun Boat
Apep in Egyptian Mythology
Mythology and Facts about Apep
Fact 1: Apep was believed to dwell in the "Secret Cavern" in the Underworld (Duat)
Fact 2: According to mythology the monstrous Apep, the god of evil, chaos and destruction, could swallow the waters of the river with his wide-open mouth so that the Sun Boat might be wrecked
Fact 3: The tightly compressed coils of Apep emphasized his huge size
Fact 4: Apep was also described as having a pointed head which was shaped like a dart with fangs sank into the flesh of Ra, and the fire of their poison entered into the god
Fact 5: The sun represented light, warmth, and growth which made Ra the Sun god supremely important and Apep a deadly enemy of mankind
Fact 6: The ancient Egyptians were afraid of cloudy days believing this forewarned them of a victory of Apep
Fact 7: Apep was not mentioned by name until the period of the Middle Kingdom (2040 BC - 1782 BC) although other serpents had featured in some of the ancient myths