“Again, in the story of Râ and Isis, given in the preceding chapter, we have seen that although Isis was able to make a serpent and to cause it to bite Râ, and to make him very ill, she was powerless to do as she wished in heaven and upon earth until she had persuaded the god to reveal to her his name by which he ruled the universe.
In yielding up his name to the goddess he placed himself in her power, and in this example we have a striking instance of the belief that the knowledge of the name of god, or devil, or human being, implied dominion over that being.
We have seen elsewhere that Râ, the type and symbol of God, is described as the god of “many names,” and in that wonderful composition the XVIIth Chapter of the Book of the Dead, (see Chapters of Coming Forth by Day, p. 49) we have the following statement:—
“I am the great god Nu, who gave birth unto himself, and who made his name to become the company of the gods.”
Then the question, “What does this mean?” or “Who is this?” is asked. And this is the answer:
“It is Râ, the creator of the name[s] of his limbs, which came into being in the form of the gods who are in the following of Râ.”
From this we see that all the “gods” of Egypt were merely personifications of the NAMES Of Râ, and that each god was one of his members, and that a name of a god was the god himself.”
E.A. Wallis Budge, Egyptian Magic, London, 1901. P. 162.