Frist mention of Aker
Aker is an old god from
ancient Egypt - he is first mentioned in the Pyramid Texts, and
from the passages in which his name occurs is thought that he
had a very clear and well defined role in the Early Egyptian
In the later period of
Egyptian theology the two lions making up the Akeru were named
Sef and Tuau - 'yesterday' and 'today' respectively.
in the Egyptian home
Because the ancient Egyptians
believed that Aker guarded the gates of the morning and night,
statues of the lion god were placed at the doors of houses and
also at tombs to guard both the living and the dead from evil
spirits and more eartherly foes. These lion guardians were sometimes
given the heads of men and women which turned them into a more
recognisable form - that of the Sphinx.