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For the form of the name of God used in the Hebrew Scriptures, see Yah. For the form of the name of God preferred in Rastafarianism, see Jah.
in hieroglyphs

Iah is a god of the moon in ancient Egyptian religion, and his name, jˁḥ (sometimes transliterated as Yah, Jah, or Aah), simply means "moon". Nevertheless, by the New Kingdom he was less prominent as a moon deity than the other gods with lunar connections, Thoth and Khonsu. As a result of the functional connection between them he could be identified with both of those deities. He was sometimes considered an adult form of Khonsu, and was increasingly absorbed by him. Iah continued to appear in amulets and occasional other representations, similar to Khonsu in appearance, with the same lunar symbols on his head and occasionally the same tight garments. He differed in wearing a full wig instead of a child's sidelock, and sometimes an atef crown topped by another moon symbol.[2]

The god Iah, whose name means 'moon', first appears in the Late Period (661-332 BCE). The moon god was assimilated with Osiris, god of the dead. Perhaps because, in its monthly cycle, the moon appears to renew itself. Iah also seems to have assumed the lunar aspect of Thoth, god of knowledge, writing and calculation; the segments of the moon were used as fractional symbols in writing. [3]

See also


  1. Allen, James P. (2000). Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs. Cambridge University Press. p. 436
  2. Wilkinson, Richard H. (2003). The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. p. 111
  3. S. Quirke and A.J. Spencer, The British Museum book of anc (London, The British Museum Press, 1992)

Further reading

  • Faulkner, R O (1969), The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts, Oxford University Press, Oxford
  • Shaw, I et al. (2000), Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, Oxford University Press, Oxford
  • Wilkinson, R (2000), The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt, Thames & Hudson, London
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