Who’s the ram headed god with the hottie chick squad? It’s Banebdjed. (Can you dig it?) This ancient Egyptian god’s got all the women, and is friends with all the men, because he’s the power of… well, you know. Call him ancient Viagra if you like, because Banebdjed’s all about sex, all the time. Oh yeah.
Banebdjed, Banebdjedet, Smendes
Lord of Mendes, Ba of Osiris, Lord of the Djed-pillar, Old Goat, Ram Tough
Djedet (Greek Mendes, modern Egyptian Tell el-Ruba)
Being a very naughty god
I’m sure I had some, but I have no idea who they are
Isis, Osiris, Ra, Ptah
Hatmehit is my partner, but I love all the ladies.
“People often say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.”
“Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place.”
“Who so firm that cannot be seduced?”
“There is beauty in everything. Just not everybody sees it.”
“Get it on with me”
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
I Need Your Love by Calvin Harris
Most of us have a hard time thinking of a ram as a sex machine, but ancient Egyptians didn’t. Banebdjed’s symbolic animal is a hieroglyph for fertility, and so the ram form, similar to the rams of Amun and Khnum, shows just how sexually potent he can be. Sometimes, Banebdjed wears Ptah or Osiris’s clothes, to show his connections to those two gods.
Build: A man with a ram’s head, or a ram with long, curly horns and a sexy goatee. When depicting the sun gods, I can have four ram’s heads.
Complexion: In human-ram form, brown skin
Hair Color: As a ram, brown or blue fur.
Facial Hair: Check out the goatee, baby!
Jewelry and accessories: Golden bracelets and sometimes a golden collar around my neck. Sometimes I wear Osiris’s crown, or a sun disk like Ra, or both at the same time.
Clothing: A white kilt or white mummy wrapping (like Ptah or Osiris) with a red belt
Type of Weapon: I'm a lover before a fighter
In the bedroom
Anywhere with lots of ladies
The maternity ward
Wide green fields
Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019
Ramses IX’s son Montuherkhopeshef (what a mouthful) makes offerings to Banebdjed for eternity, on the walls of his beautifully painted tomb in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor, Egypt. Check out the ram-headed vase the prince uses to pour water.
Dec 20, 2019 - Jan 1, 1970
Setting up Banebdjed’s new temple was serious business. A donation stela (a kind of legal paper carved in stone), showing how much land and resources had been given for temple reconstruction, included a curse on anybody who tried to keep any of the land or building materials for himself. Would you want this god mad at you?
Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019
Banebdjed’s priests provided services to Roman visitors, along with the priests of Isis. You could pick them out by their weird curly wigs and ram-head accessories, like in this bronze statue from Mendes.
Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019
Greeks coming to Egypt misunderstood what kind of animal Banebdjed’s symbol was, and often referred to him as “the goat of Mendes” (instead of a ram). In later periods, this misunderstanding, and the knowledge that Banebdjed was a sex god, caused him to be confused with Baphomet. Baphomet was a scary-looking a goat-headed spirit that the Catholic Church accused the Knights Templar of worshipping as a form of Satan. Banebdjed’s not evil, or even mean, so the comparison’s not fair, but it stuck.