Gender Feminine & Masculine
Usage Egyptian Mythology
Other Forms FormsSai, Shay, Psais (Ancient Greek)
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Contributor Contrib.LMS on 2/16/2014
Means "(that which is) ordained".In Greek mythology Shai was the deification of the concept of fate and as such would sometimes be considered female (in which case he would sometimes be called Shait). As a god of fate he was said to determine the span of a man's life, and was would be present at the judgement of the soul of the deceased in duat. Because of this he was sometimes identified as the husband of Meskhenet or Renenutet. When the pharaoh Akhenaten introduced monotheism worshiping Aten, he made Shai an aspect of Aten. The pharaoh Ramses II claimed to be Lord of Shai (Lord of fate). By the time of Ptolemaic Egypt, Shai came to be identified with the Greek god Agathodaemon. To the Greeks Agathodaemon was considered to be a serpent, and Shai was also the Egyptian word for "pig", and as such during the Hellenic period he was sometimes depicted as a serpent-headed pig.