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Hathor - Goddess of Life

The Egyptian goddess HathorOther names : Athyr, Het Hert

Hathor is one of the oldest Egyptian goddesses, dating to predynastic times. She is often depicted as a cow, or a woman with a cow's head, or a woman with the horns of a cow and a solar disc on her head.

As one of the older Egyptian goddesses, Hathor has been associated with many different attributes and characteristics. However, the majority of records describe her as the goddess of women, childbirth, happiness and anything to do with the joy of life.

Hathor's name also implies that she is the protector of Horus. It is likely that Hathor has previously been considered the mother of Horus, and by extension the mother of the pharaoh. However, as the influence of the goddess Isis grew, Hathor's role as Horus' mother was absorbed by Isis, as were the roles of other Egyptian goddesses.


Horus - The Falcon God

Other names : Harmakhis, Harpokrates, Heru, Hor

The Egyptian god HorusHorus is one of the more important Egyptian gods. He is usually depicted as a man with the head of a falcon, or sometimes as a falcon as well. He is also depicted as a falcon encircling the head of the pharaoh with his wings.

Horus is another of the Egyptian gods with many attributes associated with him. He is sometimes associated with the sun god Ra and embodies the power of the sun and sky, and represents the pharaoh of Egypt. However, more popular myths describe the Egyptian god Horus as the dutiful son of Osiris and Isis. When the evil god Set murdered Osiris, Horus avenged his father and killed Set.

Horus is also depicted in the final judgment. After the deceased passes the weighing of the scales, Horus will lead the deceased to the underworld.


Isis - The Mother Goddess

The Egyptian goddess Isis suckling the baby HorusOther names : Aset

The Egyptian goddess Isis, commonly described as the sister and wife of Osiris and mother of Horus, is the most important of the Egyptian goddesses. Her cult was the biggest, spreading the farthest among all the Egyptian gods, as far as Europe and Persia.

Isis is commonly depicted as a seated queen suckling and cradling the baby Horus. This symbolism is said to influence the idea of the Virgin Mary and the baby Jesus. She is also depicted with either a throne or a vulture on top of her head.

Isis was considered the mother goddess, watching over the pharaoh and the throne. As her influence and following grew over the centuries, Isis' portfolio grew to include many other attributes, such as goddess of magic, queen of the underworld and goddess of agriculture.


Ma'at - Goddess of Truth

Ma'at was the goddess of truth, justice and balance, and was one of the most ancient Egyptian gods. Together with her husband Thoth, Ma'at was there when the Ra created the world.

Ma'at - Goddess of TruthMa'at also symbolized the balance of creation. This balance has to be maintained or chaos will ensue and the world will plunge into destruction. Every pharaoh was given a mandate to rule as long as he pledged to follow Ma'at and ensure that balance and justice was forever upheld.

The goddess Ma'at is also a key figure in the Final Judgment. In the Hall of Ma'at, the heart of the dead is weighed against the feather of Ma'at, to determine if they are eligible to enter the Underworld.

Ma'at is commonly depicted with an ostrich feather on her head, and with wings connected to her arms.

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Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient EgyptEgyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt

This book provides a timeline covering the seven stages in the mythical history of Egypt and outlining the major events of each stage. An A to Z section covers the principal themes and concepts of Egyptian mythology as well as the most important deities, demons, and other characters.

Nekhebet - Goddess of Upper Egypt

Other names : Nekhbet

Nekhebet, also known as Nekhbet, is commonly pictured as a vulture holding an ankh. She is sometimes depicted with her wings spread protectively over the pharaoh.

Nekhebet (Nekhbet) - Goddess of Upper EgyptAs one of the more ancient Egyptian goddesses, Nekhebet, or Nekhbet, was originally the local goddess of the town Nekheb. However, as her influence grew, she became the goddess of the entire Upper (Southern) Egypt. In fact, the vulture of Nekhebet was used to symbolize Upper Egypt on the pharaoh's crown, while the cobra symbolized Lower Egypt. Nekhebet was the wife of Hapi, god of the Nile.

Nekhebet had a protective nature, being the protector goddess of mothers and children. She also had a more aggressive nature, guarding and fighting alongside the pharaoh in battles.


Nephthys - Mistress of the Dead

Nephthys - Mistress of the DeadOther names : Nebhut, Nebthet

Nephthys was the sister of Osiris, Isis and Set, and also the wife of Set. However, she was not as widely worshipped as her more popular siblings.

Nephthys is commonly associated with her sister Isis, helping her with many things. She helped Isis gather the various parts of Osiris' body after Set dismembered him. Nephthys also assisted Isis in delivering babies. She is now seen together with Osiris and Isis, ruling the underworld.

Nephthys was depicted as a woman with a basket and a house (which form the hieroglyphs of her name) on top of her head.


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