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AMMON-RA

Real Name: Ammon-Ra (also Ammon-Re)

Occupation: Chieftain of the Egyptian Gods, god of the sun, sky and heaven, Patron deity of Egyptian Thebes

Legal Status: Citizen of Celestial Heliopolis

Identity: The general populace of Earth is unaware of the existence of Ammon-Ra except as a mythological character. He was well-known in Ancient Egypt.

Other Aliases: Amen, Amon, Amun, Amun hema-atef, Amun hamutef ("fertility god"), Phra, Ra, Re, Father of the Gods, The Hidden God,

Place of Birth: Unrevealed

Marital Status: Married

Known Relatives: Atum-Re (father), Gaea (mother, alias Neith), Amaunet (sister/wife, alias Maat), Huh, Kuh, Nun, Shu (brothers), Heket, Kauket, Naunet, Tefnut (sisters), Khonshu, Montu (sons), Seshat (daughter), Khnemu, Hapi I, (sons by Nut), Hathor (daughter by Nut), Ptah, Bes (possible sons by Gaea, alias Nun), Mihos (son by Bast), Sakhmet (daughter by Bast), Horus II, Thoth (sons-in-law), Taweret, Satis (daughters-in-law), Horus III, Imhotep, Nefertum, Andjety, Duamutef, Hapi II, Ihi, Imsety, Qebhshuf (grandsons), Anuket, Memphis, Hatmehyt, Qadesh (grand-daughters)

Group Affiliations: The Ogdoad (Gods of Egypt), The Council Elite

Base of Operations: Celestial Heliopolis as Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly Ancient Thebes, Egypt

First Appearance: Thor I #300

History: Ammon-Ra is one of the oldest of the extra-dimensional race of beings known as the Ogdoad, who were worshipped as gods by the Ancient Egyptians, and became ancestors of the ruling council of Egypt known as the Ennead. Ammon-Ra had gained prominence after the end of the Hyborian Age which occurred roughly around 18,000 BC. The ancient pharaohs credited him with creating the basis of Egyptian culture, and Thoth nominated him as ruler of the gods after their primeval ancestor Atum-Ra (Possibly not to be confused with Atum the God-Slayer) retreated from earth. Atum took the goddess Amaunet, also known as Maat as his wife, and had several children, but he also courted several of the goddess of Egypt and had several children out of wedlock.

Ammon-Ra was considered one the four creator gods of Egypt with Atum, Khnemu and Ptah. He was constantly at war with the malevolent snake-god named Apophis, who may have been an incarnation of the Elder God Set or its off-spring. The cat-goddess, Bast, saved him once from Apophis and he seduced her to show his appreciation, later becoming father of the gods Mihos and Sakhmet. 

Around 1350 BC, Amenhotep turned away from worshipping Ammon-Ra to promote the religion of one true god he called Aton. He changed his name to Akhenaton and established new cities in Egypt, Nubia and Syria dedicated to the worship of Aton and attempted to obliterate all traces of worship of the former Egyptian gods. Akhenaton later vanished, supposedly removed from power by his priests who supported Ammon-Ra whose religious eclipse did not last and was restored back to prominence.

In his later years, Ammon-Ra grew tired of mortals and departed from earthly rule for another plane of existence later known as Celestial Heliopolis and left his throne to Osiris. Afterward, after each of the gods retired from earthly rule, they retreated to Heliopolis. Ammon-Ra was later tricked by Isis into telling her one of his secret names and she used the spells behind it to restore her husband Osiris back to life after he had been killed by his unscrupulous brother Seth, who usurped the throne for himself. Horus, the son of Osiris and Seth, battled Seth for several millennia and was finally defeated at the same time as the Battle of Actium when the Roman navies sailed against the ships of Marc Antony and Cleopatra. Seth eventually proved victorious and imprisoned several of the gods in a pyramid that vanished beneath the sands of Egypt. In the absence of Osiris, Ammon-Ra became a member of the Council of God-Kings with the other rulers of the Gods of Earth to discuss the threat of the Third Host of the Celestials.

In modern years, Osiris and the imprisoned Egyptian gods were freed from the pyramid by Odin and Thor of the Asgardian gods, who then earned the wrath of Seth. Ammon-Ra has since made rare appearances on earth, often masquerading as a powerful mortal businessman owning the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas where several of the Egyptian gods have appeared under mortal guise. To the general public, he is an eccentric public figure with a well known fascination with Egyptian culture and history.

Height: 7' 2"
Weight: 485 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

Strength Level: Ammon-Ra possesses Class 100 level strength enabling him to lift (press) over 100 tons under optimal conditions.

Known Superhuman Powers: Ammon-Ra possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Ogdoad (Egyptian gods). Like all of the Ogdoad, he is exceptionally Long-lived, but not immortal like the Olympian gods. He has aged at an exceptiionally slow rate since reaching adulthood and cannot die by any conventional means. He is immune to all Earthly diseases and is resistant to conventional injury. If he were somehow wounded, his godly life force would enable him to recover with superhuman speed. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it dispersed a major portion of his bodily molecules to cause him a physical death. Even then, it might be possible for several gods of significant power, such as Zeus, Osiris and Odin or for a number of Egyptian gods of equal power working together to revive him. Ammon-Ra also possesses superhuman strength and his Ogdoad metabolism provides him with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. (Ogdoad flesh and bone is about three times as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to the superhuman strength and weight of the Egyptian gods.)

Ammon-Ra is considered the most powerful of the gods to the Egyptians. Alexander the Great considered him equal to Zeus in power, and in fact, Ammon-Ra might be equal to such gods as Zeus and Odin in power. He can tap into and manipulate mystical and elemental energies. His power was considered so great that he could appear hidden while spreading through the cosmos implying he has some form of cosmic awareness enabling him to be aware of all that is occurring on earth at any time, but he is only partially precognitive. He cannot predict the absolute future, but he can ascertain probable events from only about a week to a few weeks to the future. He can create and materialize thought, enabling him to create anything by will power alone. He has some healing abilities to bring mortals and immortals from the brink of death, but he can not restore a person to life after they have reached a point beyond death without the assistance of several deities of certain power in order to prevent overtaxing his own energies. Ammon-Ra can also conjure lightning bolts and storms to control the weather, as well as mystical energies to create invisible but impenetrable force fields and rays of destructive force.

Ammon-Ra can also alter his form and shape, enabling him to disguise his appearance even to other gods. In ancient times, he sometimes appeared with the head of a falcon, or even with the head of a snake. He can cast his face or shape from clouds and astral matter to appear over long distance to gods and mortals or appear in a gigantic, possible illusory, form on Earth..

Abilities: Ammon-Ra is a powerful and beneficent just god endowed in wisdom collected from his millennia of existence.

Weapons: Ammon-Ra wields an ankh-crowned staff through which he has been seen channeling his own powerful energies. The staff contrary to thought is not a power source, but merely a precision tool for controlling the accuracy of his spells.

Pets: Ammon-Ra's sacred animals are the ram and the goose.

Comments: This entry encapsulates Ammon-Ra's appearances in the Marvel Universe with his reputed history in the "Rift's World" chronology. He has not yet been seen in the DC Universe. Some deductive postulating has been applied to rationalize the motherhood of several of his purported progeny.

In the Marvel Universe, Ammon-Ra has been erroneosly confused with Atum-Re in the relatives for "The Lion God" in the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #4. They are actually two separate deities. See the profile for Bast.

Clarifications:  Ammon-Ra is not to be confused with:  

Last updated: 12/10/06

 

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