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Ra (Re)

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Who is the sun god? Who's the most fun god? Ra, Ra, Ra! Okay, so maybe he's not the best cheerleader, but Ra is definitely important when it comes to ancient Egyptian gods. Nobody's more important than the sun. Yes, he really is the boss of you.

Basic Information

Name

Ra

Nickname

King of the Universe, Mighty One, Lord of the Horizon, Sunshine

Sex

Male

Current city

Anywhere it's daytime

Work & Education

Occupation

Ruler of all, living in the boat of the sun

Education

The universe teaches me, and so does my loyal servant Thoth, god of wisdom.

Beliefs

Political views

Me

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

I created myself.

Siblings

None, though I consider Ptah and Amun my brothers

Friends

Thoth, Seth, Wadjet, Aten

Enemies

Apep, the serpent of chaos, who attacks my boat every sunrise. Then Seth stabs him with a spear and he goes away until tomorrow morning. Ever noticed that sunrise is red?

Relationships

Relationship status

Married to Rait, though nobody's ever seen us in the same place, so some people think she's just me in a dress. It's complicated.

Interested in

Women

Favorites

TV Shows

Thundercats (Third Earth is almost as cool as regular Earth! And just like in our Egyptian myths, cats kill evil.) 
Stargate SG-1 (Not sure why all my children are bad guys, but it's fun to watch!) 
Major League Baseball (It's always sunny on the boat, and we have all day to watch, so why not watch something that takes all day to finish? I don't stay up for night games, though.) 

Quotations

"Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling."
– Walt Whitman

"Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight."
– Benjamin Franklin

"There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun."
– Pablo Picasso

"The sun goes up / and the sun gets down / but like the heart of the sun / my heart continues to pound."
– Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Behind the Sun"

"When you've lost your lights / the sun will rise / it'll be all right"
– Kelly Clarkson, "The Sun Will Rise"

Books

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (Only a hundred years? I've been alone in the sky for millions.) 
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (I rise on the bad days as well as the good days.) 
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas (I fight my way to sunset every day. Why not? Darkness is scary.) 
Fire and Ice by Robert Frost (I'm convinced the world ends, every day, at sunset. But then it starts up again the next morning!) 
Sunday Morning by Wallace Stevens (I object to verse VII. What do you mean, 'not as a god'?) 
The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet by Bob Berman (I'm not just bright. I'm mysterious.) 
Sun Observer's Guide by Pam Spence (Make sure to keep your eyes safe when you gaze upon my boat.) 
Understanding Photosynthesis with Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Graphic Science Series) by Liam O'Donnell (More than light comes out of my sun. Sunlight makes the plants grow, too.) 
The Sun King (New York Review Books Classics) by Nancy Mitford (They called Louis XIV of France "The Sun King," too, but I don't dress quite that strangely.) 
Solar Power Your Home For Dummies by Rik DeGunther (My heat also makes electricity, and it's free!) 

Music

The House of the Rising Sun by The Animals (My house never ruined me, but maybe I'm just lucky?) 
Say My Name by Destiny's Child (If you say my name, it's the power of the whole universe. Nice, huh?) 
Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison (And I say it's all right.) 
Perfect World from The Emperor's New Groove (I am the hippest cat in creation.) 
Do You Call My Name by Ra (I didn't sing this, but there is a band named after me! Cool!) 
Sun King by the Beatles (I'm the brightest.) 
Circle of Life from The Lion King (My boat sails the circle of the sky, and everything lives. And I have a baboon for a wise man, too! We call him Thoth. Sometimes, he's also a bird.) 
Blaze of Glory by Bon Jovi (My glory is so blazing, you can't even look at it.) 

Movies

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (I remember everything. And I prefer it that way, but maybe these people don't.) 
Grumpy Old Men (Some days, I think this is me and Thoth, fishing off the side of the sun boat…) 
Absolute Power (Clint Eastwood should play me in a movie.) 
Pitch Black (Ooh, a place where it's dark all the time. Sounds terrifying.) 
Up (An adventure across the sky? Come with me, and you can have one every day.) 
Groundhog Day (This is what happens if time doesn't go the way it's supposed to… oops.) 
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Without my light, they wouldn't have found the ark in the first place.) 
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (When I was young, I was kind of a wimp, but then I got a lot tougher. Until I got old, anyway.) 

Activities & Interests

Likes

Pyramids and Obelisks
Space Weather (always good to know how my sun's doing)
Sunflowers
Sundials

Interests

Astronomy
Remote-controlled planes
Grilled food
Ice cream (though I can only eat it at night, sigh)

Groups

Royalty
Ancient Egyptian Gods 
Omnipotent deities
Coppertone 
Ray-Bans 

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