July 1st, 2008 by sabrina

Taweret is the Egyptian hippopotamus Goddess of pregnancy and childbirth, whose name means “the great female one”. She was a very popular domestic Goddess, and was often portrayed on beds, pillows, and other common household objects. Taweret protects women throughout their pregnancies, and assists with labor. She is the consort of the dwarf Bes, God of Pleasure. Her depiction as a hippopotamus with the large breasts and belly of a pregnant woman, combined with the head of a crocodile and the feet of a lion, shows both her nurturing and protective roles. Other forms of her name include Taueret, Taurt, and Taouris.

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