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Asar-Hap (Greek: Serapis) was an amalgam of the gods Osiris (Asar) and the bull Apis (Hap) as he was seen (depicted) at local shrines all over Egypt.
Every province temple and cult area along the Nile had its own version and about 200 names are known giving an idea how wide spread the Osiris cult was in this time from big towns down to villages. In the common Apis-version (left) he wore a bull's head with a big sun disc and the standing cobra in the middle.
He was introduced as late as during the Ptol- emaic era around 300 BC. and became a un- ique almost monotheistic god for six centuries in Alexandria where he was venerated in form of the Greek main god Zeus (picture top right).
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