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ONOURIS

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Originally appearing in Volume V09, Page 53 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ONOURIS, Egyptian En-huri, " sky-bearer," the god of Thinis. Later identified with Shu (Show), who holds heaven and earth apart. PTAH, the Hephaestus of the Greeks, a demiurgic and creative god, special patron of hand-workers and artisans. Worshipped in Memphis, he perhaps owed his importance more to the political prominence of that town than to anything else. He was early identified with an ancient but obscure god Tenen, and further with the sepulchral deity Sokaris. He is represented either as a closely enshrouded figure whose protruding hands grasp a composite sceptre, the whole standing on a pedestal within a shrine; or else as a misshapen dwarf.
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