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Imset, Egyptian Protector of the Liver

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Imset (Imseti, Imsety) is one of the four sons of Horus the Elder whose heads topped the canopic jars after the 18th Dynasty.  From the First Intermediate Period through the 18th Dynasty, the stoppers were shaped in the likeness of the deceased.  These jars typically contained various organs of a mummified body.  This group of divinities was considered protectors of these organs which were necessary in the afterlife. Imset is another divinity wrongly placed the graveyard of the atheists.

 

Myths say the four sons were born either from Isis or rescued by Sobek at Ra’s command from a lotus flower risen from the waters of Nun.  They are considered to be solar gods associated with creation.  Anubis gave them funerary duties and Horus later made them protectors of the four cardinal points.  Some say they have a role in holding up the sky.  In the Hall of Ma’at (goddess of truth), they are said to attend judgment while sitting on a lotus flower in front of Osiris.  Together the sons are described as friends of the Pharoah for they assist in his ascension.

Imset is portrayed as a human headed god wrapped like a mummy.  Together with Isis (or as his protector), he is thought to protect the liver and is protector of the direction south.  His brothers are the Duamutef, in jackal form, protector of the east and the stomach; Hapi, in baboon form, protector of the north and the lungs; and Qebehsenuef, in hawk form, protector of the west and the intestines.

May the sons of Horus be honored and remembered.

Helpful links: 

http://www.thekeep.org/~kunoichi/kunoichi/themestream/sonsofhorus.html#.V0XplpEgsdU

http://www.egyptianmyths.net/imsety.htm

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So much has changed for me in the last year. I'm an eclectic polytheist whose main divinities are Heru-ur, Isis, Zeus, Hermes and Hestia. I'm a mother, wife and Librarian living in the Rocky Mountains stumbling on my path and wondering what the heck I'm doing. Blessed be.

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