Usage Egyptian Mythology
Other Forms FormsAqen, Jqn
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Meaning & History
The custodian of the ferryboat who ferries the souls of the deceased to the Egyptian underworld of Duat, and he was also said to rule Duat in general on behalf of Osiris. He was typically depicted with the head of a ram. Over time he came to be known as Cherti (or Kherty), which likely influenced the development of the Greek ferryman Charon.