Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Harpokrates is the form of Horus, as a child, usually depicted seated upon Isis knee suckling her left breast and wearing the juvenile sidelock of hair. He may also be invoked to ward off dangerous creature and is associated with crocodiles, snakes, and scorpions. He generally represents the concept of the god-child, completing the union of two deities.

Harpokrates was the god of silence.

He was a Greek derivative of the Egyptian god Harpa-Khruti (Horus the Child) who was portrayed as a small boy with a finger held to his lips - an Egyptian gesture, symbolising childhood, which the Greeks mistook for a hush of silence.