Ancient Egypt

What animals in Egypt were gods?

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No animals in ancient Egypt were gods; but many gods and goddesses could appear as animals if they wished. For that reason certain creatures were regarded as being sacred to a particular god or goddess, but were not themselves considered gods. These are a few examples:

cats - sacred to Bast

crocodiles - sacred to Sebek

dogs/jackals - sacred to Anubis and Duamutef

hippopotami - sacred to Taweret

bulls - sacred to Ra and Ptah

baboons - sacred to Thoth and Hapy

hawks - sacred to Ra, Qebehsenuf, Horus

lioness - sacred to Wadjit and Sekhmet

rams - sacred to Khnum and Harsaphes

ibis - sacred to Thoth

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