Spell 17 of the Book of the Dead mentions, among many other obscure gods, one Medjed (meaning "the Smiter"), in the following line:
Nothing else is known about that god.
Medjed is also mentioned in the New Kingdom Papyri, a specific group of Papyri. They were known as the "Theban Recenscion of the Book of the Dead". It states, "I know the being Mātchet [Medjed] who is among them in the House of Osiris, shooting rays of light from [his] eye, but who himself is unseen. He goeth round about heaven robed in the flame of his mouth, commanding Hāpi [god of the annual flooding of the Nile], but remaining himself unseen.”
In the illustration to the spell on sheet 76 of the Greenfield papyrus, what is thought to be Medjed is depicted as a figure covered entirely in a conical covering except for the eyes and feet, which are visible.
After the papyrus was exhibited in 2012 at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo and the Fukuoka Museum of Art, Medjed became a sensation on Japanese social media. The god was embraced by Japanese popular culture, including a character in video games.
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