Oh My Gods! 5 Online Guides to Egyptian Mythology

Back in March, I compiled a list of online resources on Aztec mythology for those who wanted to learn more about Xolotl and the other gods mentioned in Lara Croft & the Guardian of Light. And since the Egypt-centric Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris is heading our way later this year, I thought it fitting to put together a list of some of my favourite online guides to Ancient Egyptian gods, goddesses, and religion.

Here are my top 5 suggestions in no particular order!

1) Tour Egypt’s Overview of Ancient Egyptian Religion

While not the easiest page to browse, Tour Egypt’s section on Egyptian religion is quite comprehensive and has links to dozens of short articles on specific aspects of Egyptian religion and mythology, such as The Animal Cults of Ancient Egypt, Tree Goddesses, and Creation Myths as well as pages devoted to each individual deity. Many of the articles also include suggestions for further reading for those who want to learn more about a particular topic.

2) Ancient Egypt Online’s Religion in Ancient Egypt

Though not as comprehensive as some of the other entries on this list, Ancient Egypt Online has a well-organised and user-friendly index of gods and goddesses. It also has information about some of Egypt’s key religious texts and iconography.

3) GodChecker’s The Gods of Egypt

For a more light-hearted and far less academic approach to Egyptian mythology, there’s no better place to learn about the gods than over at GodChecker. I mean, where else would you hear Osiris being referred to as the “Mr Big of the Egyptian Underworld”?

4) The Mythology of Ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses for Kids

As its title suggests, this website is aimed at a younger audience but it’s still a handy resource for those who want to get a grasp on the basics of Egyptian mythology or for teachers looking for material to use in class. Their A-Z of Egyptian gods contains fact sheets for almost 100 deities, which are well illustrated and remarkably informative.

5) Wikipedia’s Egyptian Mythology Section

It’s hard to go wrong with Wikipedia, really. One could spend hours browsing through the hundreds of entries categorised under “Egyptian Mythology” or perusing the external sources they link to. If you’re short on time and just want a quick overview of each of the major gods, check out this list of Egyptian deities. And if you have a bit more time to spare, why not learn a little about the history and role of religion in Egyptian culture?

The god Horus as seen in Tomb Raider: Last Revelation, a game rife with references to Egyptian mythology
Lara last came face-to-face with the Egyptian god Horus in Last Revelation. Image credit: Katie’s Tomb Raider Screenshots.

Now, for those of you who prefer your information in hard copy, you might find the following books helpful:

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Have I missed out any useful websites? Or are there any other books you’d like to recommend to fellow readers? If so, please leave your feedback in the comments section below!

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Kelly McGuire is a writer, translator, and gamer who is passionate about archaeology, language learning, travel, and wildlife conservation. She tweets under the username @TRHorizons and is the admin and chief content creator for Tomb Raider Horizons.

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