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Egyptian Goddess Hathor

1661593_195749524100471_588670577860233098_nShe was one of the most important Ancient Egyptian goddess. She was known as “the Great One of Many Names”. Her name means “mansion of Horus”. Her parents were Neith and Khnum or Ra. She is at times the mother, daughter and wife of Ra and, like Isis, is at times described as the mother of Horus, and associated with Bast.

She was not exclusively worshipped by women and unlike the other gods and goddesses she had both male and female priests. Also, she was worshiped by royalty and common people alike in whose tombs she is depicted as “Mistress of the West” welcoming the dead into the next life. In other roles she was a goddess of music, dance, foreign lands and fertility who helped women in childbirth, as well as the patron goddess of miners.As “the Mistress of Heaven” she was associated with Nut, Mut and the Queen. While as “the Celestial Nurse” she nursed the Pharaoh in the guise of a cow or as a sycamore fig. As “the Mother of Mothers” she was the goddess of women, fertility, children and childbirth. She had power over anything having to do with women from problems with conception or childbirth, to health and beauty and matters of the heart. Her traditional votive offering was two mirrors and she was often depicted on mirrors and cosmetic palettes. She was commonly depicted as a cow goddess with horns in which is set a sun disk with Uraeus. Twin feathers are also sometimes shown in later periods as well as amenat necklace.