The Hapy Society was formed in the Autumn of 2019 by a group of keen amateur students of Egyptology living in West and South Yorkshire. The Horus Society, which is a very successful Egyptology Society in Wigan, provided ideas, inspiration and early support for the venture. Therefore, we see the Horus Society in Wigan as our parent Society which has provided us with our name – Hapy, the baboon god, was one of the four sons of Horus.
Hapy was one of the gods found on the four canopic jars used to hold the internal organs during the mummification process. – his jar was used to hold the lungs.
In ancient Egypt Hapy also had strong associations with the North, another feature which we found attractive. Of course, his name suggests an approach to study which we aim to adopt; Hapy by name and Happy by nature!
The Society had its first Annual General Meeting in January 2020 and it was at the meeting that the constitution was adopted and we became a Society with a formal membership.
We were delighted when Jo Fletcher agreed to be our sponsor, especially as she also has strong links with the Horus Society in Wigan.
The baboon god, Hapy, is not to be confused with the Nile god, Hapi. In the photograph on the left, taken in the tomb of Nefertari, you can clearly see the name of the God written in hieroglyphs. The double reed hieroglyph is usually given the value “y” - hence the name Hapy.
Hapy is the name of one of the four sons of Horus. He had an association with the North and his image, a baboon, was used for one of the four canopic jars used to house the organs during the mummification process at certain stages of Egyptian culture. The Hapy jar was used to contain the lungs. It is hoped that his name will provide inspiration for the atmosphere at the meetings and the approach of its members.
The Hapy Society has three areas of activity:
We intend to hold the Hieroglyph lessons and the activity sessions on a bi-monthly basis so the commitment need should not be too great and is mindful of the busy lives which so many of our members are living!
To promote the study, knowledge and appreciation of Ancient Egyptian culture, primarily in the South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire area.
The Hapy Egyptology Society exists to fill a perceived gap, geographically, in the provision of opportunities for interested individuals to work together in the study of Ancient Egyptian culture. The inspiration for the Society has been the structure and functioning of the Horus Society in Wigan, where the social needs of its members are seen as integral to the academic study involved in the Society’s activities. By reducing the number of formal meetings to six in every year, it is hoped to maintain a high quality of presentation at each of the meetings.