Other Names:

(G/R Ra-Horakthy) - "Ra-Heru of Two Horizons" A specialized early form of Ra, composite with Heru the predynastic Name of the sky, Ra-Heru-akhety came to symbolize the inherent majesty of the sun itself and is the patron of the ruling class as well as of the institution of kingship. Ra-Heru-akhety is the most common form of Ra venerated after the Middle Kingdom, with His hawk-headed image surmounted by a red sun-disk and a full cobra wrapped around it. He is sometimes more simply referred to as Heru-akhety. The phrase "two horizons" notes the eternal quality of the Name (from sunrise to sunset, and back again).