The Egyptian Scarab was one of the most well-known and sacred of all amulets in Ancient Egypt. It goes back as early as 2345 B.C.
The amulet represented new creation, eternal life and gave immense protection against evil to the bearer.
Millions of Egyptian scarab beetle were produced in Ancient Egypt. It seems the faith in the power of this amulet stayed stable well into the fourth century A.D.
The Egyptian Scarab Beetle was associated with the god of the Rising Sun called Khepri.
Khepri represents rejuvenation, divine wisdom, and immortality. He was one of the forms of Ra, the sun god. Khepri was the dawn, Ra was midday and Atum was the evening sun.
He was often shown as a beetle-headed man, a beetle-headed hawk or just simply the scarab beetle. The name Khepri comes from the ancient Egyptian word kheper meaning “to become” or “to be transformed”. He is the creative power linked with the miracle of the first sunrise every morning. The Egyptians would refer to him as “The Shining One”.
In Egyptian mythology, there is a story about how the corpse of Khepri is divided and buried every night. Every morning his body is resurrected and he rises in triumph.
It was also thought that the heart scarab would see to it that the soul would be resurrected.
The heart scarabs were normally larger than the Egyptian scarab amulets carried in everyday life. The amulets showing the Egyptian scarab with spread wings were a symbol of extended protection.
The oldest Egyptian scarab amulets did not have engravings. Later during the Middle Kingdom (2055-1650) engravings on the scarab amulets were common.
Khepri did not have a temple of his own, though many temples had large scarab made of stone in the temple complex.
The Egyptian scarab statue in the Temple complex of Karnak seemed to have powers of its own. It was told that if you told your wish to the scarab and then walked around it three times, your wish would come true.
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