Study Guide

Hapi

  • Profile

    Hapi might look like a harmless green-blue man, but there's way more to him. He's the god of the Nile and Egypt's life source, so you'd better treat him with respect. If you want to make a house call, head down to the water's edge. He's usually swimming or, you know, being the water itself.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Hapi

    Nickname

    H-Town, Hep, Hap-Meht (god of Lower Egypt), Hap-Reset (god of Upper Egypt)

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    In the Nile itself

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    God of the Nile; Being the Nile; I rule over fish and birds of marshes

    Education

    I went to school under the sea.

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Water rules all!

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    None; I was born out of the primeval waters of Nun

    Siblings

    None

    Children

    Nope

    Friends

    Anqet, Khnum, Satet (these three help the Nile flood)

    Enemies

    Droughts. Big time enemy.

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Married, but looking for companions

    Interested in

    Ladies that like long baths; my wives, Nekhbet and Buto; or sometimes, I'm married to Mut and Nekhbet

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    H2O: Just Add Water
    The River
    I wish this was all about me!
    The Search for the Nile
    I'm right here!
    Fertile Ground

    Quotations

    "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."
    – Mark Twain

    "A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water."
    – Carl Reiner

    "I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones."
    – Walt Whitman

    "You could not step twice into the same rivers; for other waters are ever flowing on to you."
    – Heraclitus

    Books

    Animal Farm by George Orwell
    Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
    I may be a riverman, but I love a good sea novel.
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
    Elephants love me.
    The Witches by Roald Dahl
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
    Grimms' Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
    Atum used to read these to me before bedtime. Bad idea.
    Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
    A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

    Music

    Famous Blue Raincoat by Leonard Cohen
    I Don't Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith
    I can't ever miss a flood season in Egypt.
    How Soon is Now? by The Smiths
    Ol' Man River by Paul Robeson
    Best song ever.
    Paparazzi by Lady Gaga
    (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
    The Marines' Hymn
    What's Love Got to Do With It by Tina Turner
    Good question.

    Movies

    Lady in the Water
    I believe that's a queen bathing in the water.
    The Jewel of the Nile
    That's me!
    Step Into Liquid
    The Marsh
    The Prince of Egypt
    Mystic River
    Flood Streets
    The Real Dirt on Farmer John

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Watery creatures
    Long baths
    Papyrus leaves
    Cruises on the Nile
    Clean wells

    Interests

    Hydrology
    Agricultural science
    Egyptology
    Botany
    Ecology

    Groups

    Nile River Explorers
    River Swimming
    I Love Water

    Water-Polo in Egypt

    • Spotter's Guide

      Hapi's not difficult to spot. He's got pretty big boobs, and he's often colored green or blue. Why the plump figure, you might ask? He says it's because he's a god of fertility. You might find Hapi leisurely swimming in the Nile or measuring how deep it is. He's got a few wives, but he also loves to take a peek at the lovely ladies swimming in his river.

      Sex: Male
      Age: As ageless as water
      Build: Plump
      Complexion: Green or blue
      Hair Color: Black
      Facial Hair: None
      Scars/marks/tattoos: Paunchy stomach; big breasts
      Jewelry and accessories: Eye of Osiris pendant (utchat) on his forehead; a crown made out of water flowers; belt of a fisher
      Clothing: Kilt; headdress of papyrus reeds (symbolizing Hapi as god of Lower Egypt); headdress of lotus plants (Hapi as lord of Upper Egypt)
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: None

      Typical Companions:

      Nekhbet
      My entourage of frogs and crocodile gods
      Swimmers

      Known Hangouts:

      Aswan (where some say I was born)
      Island of Bingehin (another place I might have been born)
      All along the Nile

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Prayers of Paheri

      On his tomb wall, Paheri makes mention of the god of the eternal Nile. A servant to pharaohs, Paheri claims that he was as good at his job as Hapi was at getting the Nile to the Mediterranean Sea. Big claims, P!

      Dec 21, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      Hymn to Hapi

      Hapi gets his rightful praise in this ode to His Hapi-ness. The pharaoh is even called the "Son of Hapi," emphasizing the flood-master's importance to Egyptian society.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      Nile God Statue Inscription

      Even Libyan pharaohs knew how integral Hapi was to the survival of Egypt. King Sheshonq notes that Hapi is the "lord of foodstuffs" and creates all good things for people to eat—and drink—in his kingdom.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Famine Stela

      This stela describes just how Hapi does his job of bringing on the flood. When he wakes up from a long nap, he jumps up and makes the water flow. Here, he interacts with the ancient pharaoh Djoser to make sure Egypt gets enough liquid.

      Jan 1, 1970

      The Seventh Scroll by Wilbur Smith

      This novel finds its modern characters deciphering ancient mysteries. Hapi pops up once or twice—as a clue to help old puzzles be solved.

      Dec 21, 2019

      The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan

      This novel, by the author of the Percy Jackson series, brings Egyptian mythology to the modern day. Here, Hapi is a blue giant that's not too fond of a certain magician.