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Ancient Egyptian Goddess Hathor

Hathor, the cow goddess, is among the most famous goddesses worshiped in the ancient Egyptian era. Also referred to as "the great one of many names," Hathor had many titles, which made her very important in every sphere of ancient Egyptian life from birth until death. Her worship was widespread in the pre-dynastic era, as her name was found on the Narmer palette. Hathor was also known as the goddess of motherhood, joy, and love. The goddess was also known to be the protectress of pregnant women and a midwife. Hathor was also known as the goddess of music and dancing, and in this form, she was represented by the symbol of the sistrum, an ancient Egyptian instrument. Hathor was also linked with the inundation of the Nile and is sometimes credited as the goddess of moisture and fertility.

Representations Of Hathor


Originally worshipped as a cow, Hathor was sometimes represented as a cow with stars. Later on, she was described as a woman having a head of a cow and still later on as a whole human. The face then was calm and broad; in some pictures, she is depicted as having the ears or horns of a cow. Some images show her wearing a headdress resembling two horns with the moon disk between them. A cow standing in the boats surrounded by tall papyrus reeds represents her sometimes. As the "Mistress of the Necropolis," she was shown as the head of a cow protruding from a mountainside, wearing a meat necklace symbolizing rebirth.

The Many Forms Of Hathor


Hathor took many forms, including a woman, goose, cat, malachite, lion, and Sycamore fir, just a few of the many forms she took. Hathor's most famous manifestation is a cow; even as a woman, she is depicted with the ears of a cow or a pair of horns. As a cow, she was always shown to have beautiful eyes and was primarily conducted in red, even though her sacred color was turquoise. Also, an unusual fact about Hathor is that only she and the dwarf God Bes were depicted in portrait form. It's said that Isis was similar to Hathor in many ways, and in some pictures, it's tough to say which of the two goddesses has been shown.
Hathor was considered an embodiment of success and power and was not believed to have experienced doubts. Hathor was thought to be very goal-centric and single-minded in pursuing her goals. In the form of Sekhmet, she took no pity on the people and did not stop killing them even when she was ordered to stop.

Change Of Role

In later times, when the Osiris cult gained popularity, Hathor's role changed. She was now known to welcome the arrival of the dead to the underworld. Who dispersed water to their soul from sycamore's branches and offered food. Hathor was also represented as a cow suckling the soul of the dead, thus giving them help during their mummification, their journey to the hall of judgment, and the weighing of the soul. During later times, deceased women associated themselves with Hathor, whereas men identified with Osiris.

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