The ancient Egyptian god Khepri was often represented as a scarab beetle, or dung beetle. He was one of the three forms of the sun-god, Khepri in the morning, Re at midday and Atum in the evening.
The Egyptians identified the scarab beetle as a symbol of the god due to the beetle’s habit of rolling a ball of dung along the ground, in the same way as Khepri would roll the solar disk across the sky. As the sun would re-emerge each morning and be reborn, Khepri was strongly associated with rebirth and resurrection. The ancient Egyptians also noticed that baby scarab beetles would emerge from balls of dung as though spontaneously, which furthered Khepri’s association with rebirth.
We have a large range of replica scarabs for sale in the Egypt Centre Gift Shop starting at just 35p!