Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

West Asia

The Nile was worshipped as a deity, unlike the rivers of Mesopotamia. To the Egyptians the river was Hapi, a well-fed and plump god, who took pleasure in exchanging gifts. He was usually represented holding ears of corn and a cornucopia. In recompense for the fertilization of the soil during the annual inundation the river god was offered food, precious ornaments, and jewels.

Subjects: Religion.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.