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Also known as SARAPIS

A picture showing the legend of SERAPIS taken from our Greek mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Greek Gods, Greek Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

Bearded Multi-cultural God of Healing and various Other Things.

He's something of an enigmatic figure, being a Greek God worshipped by the Egyptians as part of an export deal which saw him appear in several unlikely places including Babylon.

In the time of Ptolemy, like today, there was much political importance in worshipping the right God. Wars and friction were much less likely to happen if you didn't believe your neighbors were dirty stinking blaspheming infidels.

As there has never yet been a God that everyone can agree on, the Greeks and Egyptians cheated a little by inventing one. They took a statue of HADES for his good looks, mixed in the attributes of OSIRIS and APIS, added a touch of some impressive-sounding but obscure Babylonian God — and the result was SERAPIS.

This religious strategy was highly successful — in fact we highly recommend it to The Powers That Be in the modern world. Perhaps SERAPIS himself might fit the bill. He was associated with a cult of the divine bull and had a magnificently bushy beard. It could be worse.

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Article last updated on 28 August 2006
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : SARAPIS
Popularity index : 726

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