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The hyroglyph that represents 'Ba' is a man's face with a birds body to represent their seperate existence.

Ba bird The 'Ba' is the closest to the Western religious notion of a soul, but it also was everything that makes an individual unique, similar to the notion of 'personality'. Like a soul, the 'Ba' is an aspect of a person that the Egyptians believed would live after the body died, and it is sometimes depicted as a human-headed bird flying out of the tomb to join with the 'Ka' in the afterlife.

Since Horus was said to be the sky, he was considered to also contain the sun and moon. It became said that the sun was his right eye and the moon his left, and that they traversed the sky when he, a falcon, flew across it

Statue of an unnamed administrator, wood, 29.2 cm; Dynasty XVIII; the garment was probably linen, and shows the pleats popular at the time. British Museum, London, U.K.

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Family Traditions: Ascent of the Goddess

Famous relief from the Old Babylonian period (now in the British museum) called the “Burney relief” or “Queen of the Night relief”. The depicted figure could be an aspect of the goddess Ishtar, Mesopotamian goddess of sexual love and war. However, her bird-feet and accompanying owls have suggested to some a connection with Lilitu (called Lilith in the Bible), though seemingly not the usual demonic Lilitu. 19th C. BC - 18th C. BC

Ancient Egyptian Vignette from the Book of the Dead Penmaat. Penmaat is depicted in his position as a priest of Amun, burning incense and showing the shaved head that was required for priestly purity. Courtesy & currently located at the British Museum, London.

Ancient Egyptian Tomb Art detail, a feast for Nebamun, showing female guests at the feast, painting from the tomb-chapel of Nebamun, accountant in the Temple of Amun (Karnak), circa 1350 BC, Ancient Egypt, panel in the British Museum, London WC1.

Mirror with Handle in the Form of a Hathor Emblem -- New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, Reign of Thutmose III -- Circa 1479-1425 BCE -- Upper Egypt; Thebes -- Metropolitan Museum of Art

From the Egyptian Book of the Dead, a spell to transform into a horned snake. The Papyrus of Ani, 1275 BCE.

Egyptian cat hunting in the marshes A tawny cat catches birds among the papyrus stems. Cats were family pets in ancient Egypt, and at palaces and revered as Bast. The cat shown here could also represent the Sun-god hunting the enemies of light and order. The Tomb-chapel of Nebamun Thebes, Egypt. Late 18th Dynasty, around 1350 BCE. Salt Collection British Museum, Room 61.