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(rā), in Egyptian religionEgyptian religion,
the religious beliefs of the ancient inhabitants of Egypt. Information concerning ancient Egyptian religion is abundant but unsatisfactory. Only certain parts of Egyptian religious life and thought are known; whole periods remain in the dark.
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, sun god, one of the most important gods of ancient Egypt. Ra was chief of the cosmic deities and was sometimes called the creator and father of all things. Early Egyptian kings alleged descent from him and added his name to their own royal titles. Ra had several manifestations, the most common being those of the hawk and the lion. He was depicted as sailing across the sky in a celestial barge during the day and battling the forces of evil and darkness by night. Various other Egyptian gods were frequently identified with him, such as Amon and Atum.


symbol for the element radiumradium
[Lat. radius=ray], radioactive metallic chemical element; symbol Ra; at. no. 88; mass number of most stable isotope 226; m.p. 700°C;; b.p. 1,140°C;; sp. gr. about 6.0; valence +2. Radium is a lustrous white radioactive metal.
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Abbrev. for right ascension.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



the name of a boat built, like ancient Egyptian vessels, out of Ethiopian papyrus, aboard which the Norwegian ethnologist and explorer T. Heyerdahl attempted to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 1969. The attempt was unsuccessful owing to defects in the construction of the boat. Heyerdahl’s aim was to prove that the ancient Egyptians could have been in contact with the early inhabitants of America.

In 1970, Heyerdahl undertook a new expedition with seven companions. Ra II, which left Safi, Morocco, on May 17, reached the island of Barbados in the Antilles on July 12. Among the crew members was the Soviet physician Iu. A. Senkevich.


Senkevich, Iu. A. Na “Ra”cherez Atlantiku. Leningrad, 1973.
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1. A person trained and experienced in the design of buildings and the coordination and supervision of all aspects of the construction of buildings.
2. A designation reserved, usually by law, for a person or organization professionally qualified and duly licensed to perform architectural services, including analysis of project requirements, creation and development of the project design, preparation of drawings, specifications, and bidding requirements, and general administration of the construction contract. An architect usually renders services that require the application of art, science, and the aesthetics of design to the construction of buildings, including their components and appurtenances and the spaces around them, taking into account the safeguarding of life, health, property, and public welfare; often includes consultation, evaluation, planning, the provision of preliminary studies, designs, and construction documents; and may also include construction management, and the administration of construction documents.
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personification of the sun. [Egypt. Myth.: Parrinder, 235]
See: Sun
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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the ancient Egyptian sun god, depicted as a man with a hawk's head surmounted by a solar disc and serpent
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