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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4 responses about “Mehet-Weret”

  1. AnnaPerenna said:

    Awwww just my luck! The one time I write and it disappears… You are right, both my comment and yours drowned in the Thems! I wonder if this one will come through, when it’s another river goddess πŸ™‚

    Anyway, this is very fascinating as all your notes. To think they called the Milky Way the great Nile in the sky! Awesome Egyptians! πŸ™‚
    How about Nut, the most known goddes of the sky? Was she the same goddess? (she was sometimes depicted as holy heifer with blue skin with stars… and was also said to swallow sun each night and birth it each morning…

    Most cordial greetings!
    Your silent yet faithful fan-reader πŸ™‚

  2. sabrina said:

    I’m so glad you wrote again! I still don’t know what happened, but here’s hoping it doesn’t happen again.

    There are some really cool explanations of the Milky Way in mythology. I can imagine that it would have been much more amazing to see without all the light pollution that we have these days, and so would have needed an explanation. The Greeks said that the Milky Way was caused when Hera pulled the infant Heracles from her breast (she had been tricked into suckling the boy she despised). Most cultures saw it as a river or pathway.

    The idea of Mehet-Weret giving birth to the sun each day came about because of her role in the rebirth of the dead, so she wasn’t really associated with Nut. She was, however, later merged with Hathor, as most cow Goddesses were.

    Thanks again for your kind words! This is truly a labor of love for me, and it’s just nice to know that there are people out there who are appreciative of it.

  3. AnnaPerenna said:

    Haha I still suspect the Celtic river goddes ate my comment!

    I know a lot of cultures imagined Milky Way as milk from the great mother goddess – or her representation, the celestial heifer (the Mediterrian cultures calling her Lat, al-Lat, Leto, Leda and so on – all from the word meaning milky) and I am also intrigued by other cultures, calling it something else (such as Egyptians calling it the Sky Nile πŸ™‚ River and pathway you say? Then I bet it was was imagined as the transportation for the souls of dead, right? πŸ™‚

    And of course with the kind words.. it’s such a pleasure to read your notes and be intrigued and amused intelectually all day after reading πŸ™‚

    why oh why are goddesses so interesting? Is it the poetry of storytelling? Is it the mental capacity of our ancestors?
    πŸ™‚

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