Horus, the Egyptian falcon-god, is depicted with his glorious wings encircling the solar disk of Ra, the sun god. In his powerful claws, Horus is clutching the Egyptian ankh, the symbol of eternal life. Horus served many functions in the Egyptian pantheon, most notably as the god of the sky, of war and of protection. Horus was born to the Goddess Isis after she retrieved all the dismembered body parts of her beloved husband, Osiris, murdered by his jealous and evil brother, ‘Set’.
Isis used her Magic Powers to resurrect Osiris and together they conceived a son. Isis fled to the Nile delta marshlands to bear her divine son, Horus, away from the watchful eyes of Set, who she knew would kill the child. Once grown, Horus sought vengeance for his father and battled Set, god of evil and chaos, and ultimately defeated him. Horus's victory over darkness united the desert people and he became the first king of Egypt. Each subsequent pharaoh was believed to be the incarnation of Horus, god of war, protection, and the avenger of evil deeds.