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In Egyptian mythology, Neith (also known as Nit, Net and Neit) was a psychopomp, a goddess of war and the hunt and the patron deity of Sais, in the Western Delta. As well, she was the patroness of weaving - the bandages and shrouds worn by the mummified deceased were said to be gifts from Neith. She was often portrayed holding a set of bow and arrows, occasionally a harpoon. She was the mother of Sobek. At Banebdjetet's request, she interceded in the war between Horus and Set over the Egyptian throne; she recommended that Horus rule. She served as protector for Duamutef, one of the Four Sons of Horus. Neith File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Egyptian mythology (or Egyptian religion) is the name for the succession of beliefs held by the people of Egypt until the coming of Christianity and Islam. ... Many sets of religious beliefs have a particular spirit, deity, demon or angel whose responsibility is to escort newly-deceased souls to the afterlife, such as Heaven or Hell. ... A goddess, a female deity, contrasts with male deities, known as gods. A great many cultures have their own goddesses, sometimes alone, but more often as part of a larger pantheon that includes both of the conventional genders and in some cases even hermaphroditic deities. ... For other uses of War, see War (disambiguation). ... Hunting is, in its most general sense, the pursuit of a target. ... This list of deities aims at giving information about deities in the different religions, cultures and mythologies of the world. ... Sais was the chief city of the fifth nome of Lower Egypt, located in the western edge of the Nile Delta. ... In computer science, weaving describes the process of combining different aspects into a complete application. ... Theres also a song called Bandages by the American alternative rock group Hot Hot Heat which appears on the 2002 album Make Up the Breakdown. ... A shroud is typically something, usually a cloth, that covers or protects some other object. ... A mummy is a preserved corpse that, due to shielding from decomposition by either natural or artificial means, has retained its physical form. ... A bow is a weapon that shoots arrows powered by the elasticity of the bow and/or the string. ... For the anti-ship missile, see AGM-84 Harpoon. ... Sobek (from the Temple of Kom Ombo) In Egyptian mythology, Sobek was the crocodile-god who symbolized the fertility of the Nile River and the authority of the pharaohs. ... In Egyptian mythology, Banebdjetet (Ba Neb Tetet, Banebdedet, Baneb Djedet) is the ram-god, husband of Hatmehit and father of Har-pa-khered. ... This page is about the Egyptian deity. ... Set, in KV34 Set (also Setekh, Seth, etc) was originally a god of strength, war, storms, foreign lands (and foreigners) and deserts in Egyptian mythology. ... The Arab Republic of Egypt, commonly known as Egypt, (in Arabic: مصر, romanized Miṣr or Maṣr, in Egyptian dialect) is a republic mostly located in north-eastern Africa. ... In Egyptian mythology, Duamutef (also known as Tuamutef) was one of the four sons of Horus and a funerary god who protected the stomach of mummified corpses, kept in a canopic jar. ...


Her name is linked to the root of the word for “weave” (ntt.) Some of her titles were Great Cow Who Gave Birth to Ra, the Highest Judge, and Mother of All. A very ancient creator goddess, Neith guarded the deceased, and made sacred warriors’ weapons. She was a protectress of women and a guardian of marriage. Neith was also known as a goddess of weaving and the domestic arts, and she was said to have woven the world on her loom. Neith was originally worshipped as an ancient war goddess, who led the charge in battle. Her emblem was a shield displaying two crossed arrows.


Royal woman often named themselves after Neith in her honor, as did some pharaohs. Plutarch says her temple (of which nothing now remains) bore the inscription: “I am All That Has Been, That Is, and That Will Be. No mortal has yet been able to lift the veil that covers Me.” A great festival, called the Feast of Lamps, was held annually in her honor, and according to Herodotus her devotees burned a multitude of lights in the open air all night during the celebration. There is evidence of an Osiris-like cult of a woman dying and being brought back to life that was connected with Neith.


Neith appears as a woman with a weavers’ shuttle atop her head, holding a bow and arrows, a woman with the head of a lioness, as a snake, or as a cow. Sometimes Neith was pictured as a woman nursing a baby crocodile (her son, the crocodile-god Sobek). One of her titles was “Nurse of Crocodiles.” It was in the funerary mode that Neith was depicted at her most fierce, shooting arrows at the evil spirits that would attack the deceased, either in the tomb or during the passage through the Underworld. Despite being a goddess, Neith was described as androgynous, two-thirds of her person being male, and one-third female. Neith was thought to be the protector of Duamutef. She was sometimes considered to be the mother of Ra and the wife of Khnum or Set.


She was identified with Nephthys and Anouke. Neith may also correspond to the Berber and Punic goddess Tanit. In Egyptian mythology, Nephthys is a goddess of the underworld, as well as childbirth. ... In Egyptian mythology, Ankt (sometimes called Anouke) was a goddess of war. ... The Berbers (also called Imazighen, free men, singular Amazigh) are a predominantly Muslim ethnic group indigenous to the Maghreb, speaking the Berber languages of the Afroasiatic family. ... Punic was a Roman contraction of Phoenician, and was used by the Romans after the Punic wars as an adjective meaning treacherous. In archaeological and linguistic usage, it refers to the later culture and dialect of Carthage and its empire, as distinct from their Phoenician originals. ... Tanit was a Carthaginian lunar goddess. ...


The evil Apep (Apophis) was created from her saliva, which she spat into the primordial waters embodied by Nu. This article is about the Egyptian demon. ... For the band, see Saliva (band). ... Nu has the following meanings: Nu is a letter in the Greek alphabet: lowercase ν, uppercase Ν. In Egyptian mythology, Nu (or Nun) is the personification of the ocean which encircled the entire world. ...


Plato's Timaeus stated that she was the Greek goddess 'Athene' by another name, although historically they do not share the same origins. Athena from the east pediment of the Afea temple in Aegina After a sculpture of Athena at the Louvre. ...


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The planet Venus was once thought to have a moon, which was called Neith. (*min temperature refers to cloud tops only) Atmospheric characteristics Atmospheric pressure 9. ... The common noun moon (not capitalized) is used to mean any natural satellite of the other planets. ...


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Neith: Goddess of the Beginning, the Beyond, and the End (4278 words)
It is in the funerary mode that Neith is depicted at her most fierce, shooting arrows at the evil spirits that would attack the deceased, either in the tomb or during the passage through the underworld [26].
Clair maintains it is this realm Neith personifies, for she is the complete sky which surrounds the upper (Nut) and lower (Nunet?) sky, and which exists beyond the horizon, and thereby beyond the skies themselves.
Neith, then, is that portion of the cosmos which is not seen, and in which the sun is reborn daily, below the horizon (for the statement assigned to Neith is "I come at dawn and at sunset daily").
Ancient Egypt: the Mythology (298 words)
Neith is one of the oldest Egyptian goddesses.
It was said that Neith gave birth to Re while she was still in the waters of Nun.
Neith was the protectoress of Duamutef, the guardian of the deceased's stomach.
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