Uat-Ur

Definition

by Joshua J. Mark
published on 02 September 2009
Uat-Ur was the ancient Egyptian name for the Mediterranean Sea (also known as Wadj-Wer) and is translated as 'the Great Green’. Uat-Ur was the sea itself, not a god of the sea, but was sometimes pictured as a male with breasts heavy for nurturing and with skin resplendent with the shimmer of rolling waves. Uat-Ur is often shown in company with images of the Nile River, linking him sympathetically with the 'mother of all men’ (one of the titles the ancient Egyptians gave to the river) and should not be confused with the Egyptian god of the sea, Yamm, a malevolent and tyrannical deity of Phoenician origin.

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