Apis bull


Apis bull
    Worshipped at Memphis as a god of procreation and rebirth, the Apis also had close associations with Osiris, god of the dead. At death, the sacred bull, which had been kept in a special stall at Memphis, was mummified and buried in a sarcophagus (stone coffin) in the Serapeum (a series of subterranean galleries) at Saqqara. The priests then searched for the god's reincarnation in another bull (identified by distinctive body markings), which they installed at Memphis. Mnevis of Heliopolis was another god who was incarnate in a bull.
Biographical Dictionary of Ancient Egypt by Rosalie and Antony E. David

Ancient Egypt. A Reference Guide. . 2011.

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