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Tayet

March 28th, 2010 by sabrina

Tayet

Tayet is the Egyptian Goddess of weaving. In a role similar to that of the Goddess Neith, Tayet wove the linen bandages in which mummies were wrapped. She also wove the walls of the tent of purification in which the embalmers worked. Tayet’s linen was also used to dress statues of other deities. Tayet was depicted in human form, holding bandages, and one text says that her skin is the color of turquoise. Her name is also seen as Tait or Tayt.

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Hauhet

December 27th, 2009 by sabrina

Yes, it’s been a while since I posted. Sometimes life just gets a little too hectic and I need to let a couple of things slide until I get it back together. No guarantees, but I’ll try for at least a few new Goddesses each week. This one’s for you, Thalia, for the reminder of the immensity of the tasks we’ve set ourselves!

HauhetHauhet is the Egyptian Goddess of infinity. She, along with her brother/consort Heh, were one of the four pairs of deities known as the Ogdoad, the eight Gods who represented the primal beginning, before the world had been created. Hauhet and Heh were depicted as either frogs or as humans with frog heads, although the Goddesses of the Ogdoad could also be depicted as snakes or as humans with snake heads. Hauhet’s name, which means “endlessness,” is also seen as Hehet.

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Menhit

October 8th, 2009 by sabrina

MenhitMenhit is the Egyptian Goddess of war. She came to Egypt from Nubia, and was identified with Sekhmet, another Goddess of war. Since Sekhmet was depicted as a lion-headed woman, Menhit was shown the same way. Menhit is the wife of Khnum, God of the source of the Nile, and mother of Heka, the God of magic. As with the other lioness Goddesses, she acted as a protector of the King and his armies, proceeding ahead of them to shoot fiery arrows at their enemies in battles. Menhit’s name, which means “she who slaughters,” is also seen as Menhet, Menhyt, Menchit, and Menkhet.

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Sopdet

September 13th, 2009 by sabrina

sopdetSopdet is the Egyptian Goddess of Sirius, the Dog Star. She was also a Goddess of fertility, because the appearance of Sirius in the sky at dawn marked the beginning of the annual Nile floods, and therefore the beginning of the agricultural year. Sopdet was said to be the wife of Sahu, God of the constellation we know as Orion, and mother of Sopdu, God of the planet Venus. As the Orion constellation and its God became associated with the God Osiris, Sopdet, as his wife, became associated with Osiris’s wife, Isis. She is usually depicted as a woman wearing a tall crown with upswept horns at the sides and a five-pointed star on top. In later years, especially after her identification with Isis, she was often shown riding on a large dog. Sopdet’s name, which means “she who is skilled,” is also seen as Sepdet and Sothis (the Greek version of her name), and the epithets Bringer of the New Year and Bringer of the Nile Flood were associated with her.

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Iusaas

July 30th, 2009 by sabrina

iusaas

Iusaas is the Egyptian Goddess of the female creative principle. She is the feminine counterpart of the male creative principle personified by the God Atum. One name that Iusaas acquired was the Hand of Atum–when Atum first created the world, he masturbated and formed the first Gods with the semen. The story was later changed to add the feminine role in creation. Iusaas is depicted in human form with a scarab beetle on her head, and also wears the sun disk and horns of Hathor, with whom she was later assimilated. Her name, which means “she comes who is great,” is also seen as Jusas and Juesaes.

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Mut

April 2nd, 2009 by sabrina

mutMut (pronounced MOOT) is the Egyptian Goddess of motherhood, worshipped at Thebes in Upper Egypt. To the Thebans, she displaced Amaunet as the wife of Amun, and is often depicted with Amun and his son, the moon God Khonsu. She was shown in human form with a vulture headdress, wearing a bright red or blue dress. Egyptian queens wore headdresses in the form of vultures in order to emulate the Goddess, who was seen as the mother of the king. Later, Mut became identified with Sekhmet and took on her form as a lioness. In this representation, Mut was the fiercely protective mother; traitors to the king were destroyed by fire in her honor. Mut’s name, which means “mother,” is also seen as Mout or Maut.

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Amaunet

February 16th, 2009 by sabrina

amaunetAmaunet is the Egyptian Goddess of the air, the consort of Amun and one of the original eight Egyptian Gods, called the Ogdoad. She ruled over the north wind, which was very important to Ancient Egyptians in that it provided them a way to sail upstream on the Nile. Amaunet was honored as a protector and teacher of the royal family, playing an important role in accession rituals. It was said that her shadow protected both the pharaoh and the Gods. Amaunet was depicted either as a snake-headed woman (as were the other Goddesses of the Ogdoad), or in fully human form wearing the red crown of Lower Egypt. Her name, which means “female hidden one,” is also seen as Amanunet, Amunet, and Amonet.

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Zenenet

January 25th, 2009 by sabrina

zenenetZenenet is the Egyptian Goddess of the city of Hermonthis. She is one of the consorts of the falcon-headed God Montu (shown to her right in the picture). Zenenet is depicted in human form, wearing a horned sun disk. Other depictions show her wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt, and one of her epithets was Sun Goddess of the Two Lands. She was later merged with the Goddess Rat-Taui as Montu’s consort. Zenenet’s name means “the exalted one,” and is also seen as Tjenenyet, Tenenet, Tanenet, Tanenit, and Taninit.

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Anuket

January 5th, 2009 by sabrina

Anuket is the Egyptian Goddess of the Nile, in particular the stretch of river in the southern part of Egypt. She is the daughter of Satis, Goddess of the Nile’s floods, and Khnum, God of the source of the Nile. Anuket was also associated with things that moved quickly, such as arrows and gazelles, and she was sometimes depicted either as a gazelle or with the head of a gazelle. Other depictions show her as a woman wearing a crown topped with ostrich feathers. Anuket’s name, which means “embracer,” is also seen as Anket, Anqet, and Anukis, and her titles included Giver of Life, Lady of Life, Nourisher of the Fields, Mother of the King, and She who Shoots Forth.

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Mehet-Weret

December 10th, 2008 by sabrina

My sincerest apologies to the person who left a comment on Tamesis today. I swear I approved the comment and then left one of my own back, but now it has disappeared! I’ve looked everywhere and I can’t find it. I’m so sorry, and I hope you don’t stay silent any more!

Mehet-Weret is the Egyptian Goddess of streaming waters. She was associated with the Nile and its floods on earth, as well as the Nile that was thought to flow in the underworld and the Nile in the sky (the Milky Way). Mehet-Weret helped the dead be reborn into the afterlife by guiding them on the river. She also was said to give birth to the sun every morning, which is why she was often depicted wearing a headdress with the sun disk between her horns. She was usually depicted as a cow lying on a reed mat, or as a woman with a cow’s head. Mehet-Weret’s name, which means “great flood,” is also seen as Mehetweret, Mehitweret, Mehit-Weret, Mehitwer, Mehturt, Mehurt, Mehet-uret, Methyer, Mehueret, and Meh-Urt, and the titles Lady of Heaven and Earth and The Great Cow in the Water were used to honor her.

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