We continue our journey through the Cauldrons Calendar feast/festival/holidays.
|Canopic Jars of Neskhons, photograph CaptMondo|
The Shemsu of Horus, or Shemsu-Heru or Followers of Horus have been more commonly referred to as the children of Horus and are four minor deities who helped Horus, particularly in the embalming of the dead. They protected the canopic jars that contained the internal organs of the mummified deceased. In earlier times, from the First Intermediate Period to the end of the 18th Dynasty, the stoppers of the canopic jars were made in the face of the deceased. After this they were shaped to depict the Shemsu. These were Imsety, the human headed protector of the liver, Hapy, the baboon headed protector of the lungs, Duamutef, the jackal headed protector of the stomach and Qebehsenuef, the falcon headed protector of the intestines.
The Followers of Horus is a term that has also been applied to the early invaders and conquerors of Egypt who made Egypt into the great Dynastic civilisation it became. The Pre-Pharaonic rulers of Upper Egypt thought of themselves as 'Shemsu-Heru'.