Children of the Divine Order
Children of Hapi
Characteristics and Aspects
Hapi was the god of the annual flooding of the Nile in ancient Egyptian religion. The flood deposited rich silt on the river’s banks, allowing the Egyptians to grow crops. Some of the titles of Hapi were: ‘Lord of the Fishes and Birds of the Marshes’ and ‘Lord of the River Bringing Vegetation’.
Hapi was pictured with pendulous breasts and a large belly, although otherwise Hapi had a false beard and seemed male. Hapi also was depicted given blue or green skin. While always regarded as male, his children tend to always have aspects of both genders. Some of Hapi’s children are born with blue or green skin.
He was considered to be a friend of Geb.
The cult of Hapi was mainly located at the First Cataract named Elephantine. His priests were involved in rituals to ensure the steady levels of flow required from the annual flood. At Elephantine the official nilometer, a measuring device, was carefully monitored to predict the level of the flood, and his priests must have been intimately concerned with its monitoring. He was thought to live within a cavern at the supposed source of the Nile near Aswan.
Hapi’s children have no physical abilities beyond humans. Magically they have access to water, fish, bird, and plant magics. Hapi’s children try to follow the Oath of the Veil, however any unlucky enough to be born with blue or green skin have to be kept out of human sight.