A pair of mortal brothers apparently deified after drowning in the Nile, Pedesi (or ‘Peteese’ or ‘Peteisis’) and Pihor were the sons of Kuper, a chief of the Medjay (also known as Blemmyes) and a local ally of the Romans. The brothers appear to have lived during or around the 26th dynasty and were worshiped chiefly at a tiny temple of Isis at Tutzis or Thôz known as the temple of Dendur and now residing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The temple of Dendur was erected by Emperor Augustus (63 BCE-14 CE). Pedesi means ‘Given by Isis’ and Pihor means ‘Belonging to Horus‘. Pedesi is featured more prominently on the walls of the temple, and is referred to as the pshai, or ‘beneficent spirit’, of Tutzis (cf. Shai). Pihor is particularly associated with neighboring Kelet or Kûrteh, and is called p-hry, ‘the master’ or ‘superior’. The brothers may have been interred in a crypt behind the temple’s rear wall. Pedesi and Pihor are shown receiving offerings from the ‘pharaoh’ Augustus as well as worshiping the chief Gods of the temple, namely Isis and Osiris.

Aldred, Cyril. 1978. The Temple of Dendur. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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