Hours, Egyptian chthonic goddesses, are the twelve daughters of Re. Acting in consort, they ward off the adversaries of Re and control the destiny of human beings in terms of each individual’s lifespan, reflecting the supremacy of order and time over chaos. The Hours are sometimes represented on the walls of royal tombs in anthropomorphic form with a five-pointed star above the head. They are called Horae in Greek. A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 108