mythology, Heryshaf ("He who is
on his lake"), transcribed in Greek
as "Harsaphes" was an ancient
ram-god whose cult was centered in Herakleopolis
Magna (now Ihnasiyyah al-Madinah). He was
identifed with Ra and
Osiris in Egyptian
mythology, and to Heracles in Greek mythology.
The identification with Heracles may be
related to the fact that in later times
his name was sometimes reanalyzed as "He
who is over strength." One of his titles
was Ruler of the Riverbanks.
Heryshaf was a creator and fertility god
who was born from the primeval waters. He
was pictured as a man with the head of a
ram, or as a ram.
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