October 28th, 2008 by sabrina

Meskhenet is the Egyptian Goddess of the birthing chamber. In addition to Hathor and Taweret, Meskhenet attended at births, protecting the area and also helping to determine the child’s destiny. She participated in the judgment of the dead, testifying to the character of the deceased and then assisting in their rebirth into the afterlife. In this role, she was often shown in the presence of Renenutet, another Goddess of fate, and Shai, God of destiny.  She is depicted either as a woman with a headdress that symbolized the two-horned uterus of a cow, or as a woman’s head on a large brick (which Egyptian women squatted on to give birth). Variations of her name, which means “birthing place,” include Mesenet, Meskhent, and Meshkent.

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