Heka

Illustration

Ibolya Horvath
by Zeinab Mohamed
published on 31 October 2016

In Egypt, the patron god of magic and medicine was Heka. He is often depicted as a man carrying a staff and knife, and ancient Egyptian doctors were called Priests of Heka. Magic was as integral a part of medical practice in ancient Egypt as any other aspect of life, and so Heka became an important deity for doctors.
Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

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