(Mahes, Miysis) Mihos is depicted as a lion or lion-headed man, and when depicted as a lion, frequently holds a knife in his paws and sits in front of a clump of lotus flowers. In his fully leonine form Mihos may also be depicted mauling a captive enemy. Mihos, who is conceived as the son of Sekhmet or of Bast, appears frequently as a guardian on the jambs of temple doorways. In one such place, the accompanying inscription reads, “To be said by Mihos: I enter against them [i.e., entities or forces inimical to the temple’s function], my hands holding the knife, in this my name of Raging Lion,” (Zabkar, p. 56). A late period amulet bears an inscription in Greek to Mihos, who is referred to as “flashing and thundering God, Lord of darkness and of the winds, acting quickly; a God who listens, most glorious, lion-shaped, whose name is Mihos, Mihos, Harmios (Horus-Mihos), Osiris-Mihos, Re … the great God, light, fire and flame.” The references to Horus- and Osiris-Mihos may refer to the practice of keeping a sacred lion in honor of Mihos, who while living was Horus-Mihos and at death became Osiris-Mihos, since we know that at Leontopolis there was a “sacred tomb of the lions,” (ibid., p. 150 n. 99).

Zabkar, Louis V. 1975. Apedemak, Lion God of Meroe: A Study in Egyptian-Meroitic Syncretism. Warminster: Aris & Phillips.

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