Usage Egyptian Mythology
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Contributor Contrib.Blah on 10/12/2006
In Egyptian mythology there were two different Hapis. One was one of the four sons of Horus tasked with protecting the throne of Osiris in the underworld, and who is frequently depicted with the head of a baboon. His imagery was on the funerary canopic jar that typically held the lungs, as he was also tasked with protecting the lungs of the deceased. The other Hapi was the god of the annual flooding of the Nile River (of the event, not of the Nile itself), typically depicted as a blue man with a large belly and female-like breasts. Because the flooding of Nile provided fertile soil, he was also associated with fertility and sometimes considered 'the father of gods'.