Tagged: Hathor

Hathor, a multifaceted deity in ancient Egyptian mythology and religion, was revered as the goddess of motherhood, love, beauty, music, dance, and joy.

Often portrayed with the head of a lioness, cow, or a woman with cow’s ears, she represented both the fierce and gentle aspects of feminine divinity.

Central to Hathor’s imagery was the solar disc between cow horns, emphasizing her connection to the sun god Ra, as his daughter and, at times, his eye.

Hathor played a crucial role in the daily lives of the ancient Egyptians. Temples dedicated to her, such as the one in Dendera, were centers of music and dance.

Her benevolence was believed to grant fertility and prosperity, while her wrath could be devastating. In the afterlife, Hathor assisted the souls, offering them refreshment from a sycamore tree.

Due to her diverse attributes, Hathor was syncretized with various other deities, exemplifying her wide-reaching importance in Egyptian cosmology.

Differences between Sekhmet and Hathor

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