mythology, Heka (also spelt Hike) was
the deification of magic, his name being
the egyptian word for magic. Heka literally
means activating the Ka, which egyptians
thought was how magic worked, the Ka being
an aspect of the soul which embodied personality,
but more significantly also power and influence,
particularly in the case of the Ka of gods.
The hieroglyph for his name featured
a twist of flax within a pair of raised
arms, however, it also vaguely resembles
a pair of entwined snakes within someone's
Consequently, Heka was said to have battled
and conquered two serpents, and was usually
depicted as a man choking two entwined serpents.
Medicine and doctors was thought to be a form
of magic, and so Heka's priesthood performed
As the one who activates Ka, Heka was also said to be the
son of Atum, the creator of things in general, or occasionally
the son of Khnum, who created specific
individual Ba (another aspect of the soul). As the son of
Khnum, his mother was said to be Menhit.
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