Re was a sun god, the symbol of rebirth and regeneration. He was the father of the Gods and the creator of men. During the Old Kingdom, Re became supreme deity. The Pharaohs represented Re as his embodiment on earth and their throne names took on his title.
Re was a sun god of great antiquity and had many stories connected with him; however, one legend declared that each day, Ra was born and sailed across the sky in a Manjedt-boat. He would travel through the twelve provinces with many gods, representing the twelve hours of daylight. At night, he would die becoming Auf (corpse) and would journey 12 hours of darkness in a Mesektet-boat. Re fought and defeated demons every night so that the sun could return in the morning.
During a solar eclipse, it was believed that Re was swallowed by Apep, the strongest of the three demons he had to defeat.