Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Hapi is the neter of the inundation of the Nile. Generally speaking, the Nile was not considered a neter among the people of Kemet, with a few exceptions in certain areas. Hapi refers specifically to the inundation of the Nile, or to the spirit or essence of the Nile. Hapi was depicted as a man with a protruding belly and breasts who was holding food aloft. The protruding belly and breasts and food symbolize the abundance and nourishment provided by the annual inundation of the Nile. The inundation, or flooding, is caused by the tropical rains hundreds of miles away in the highlands of Ethiopia and Uganda. These rains cause the Nile to ...