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When you’re sitting on your couch, watching TV and snuggling under this USA Goddess Hathor Throw Blanket, you’ll feel like a true goddess. This blanket is made from 100% polyester with fringes on the ends and it’s machine washable. Each of these throws is handmade in Nepal by women co-operatives in which the women are self-employed and earn double what they did at their old job.
Today we’re going to talk about a lesser-known Egyptian goddess who is often passed over in favor of more famous deities such as Isis, Osiris, and Ra. She’s Hathor, the mother of all gods, and is also known by her Greek name “Hathor”. Her name means House of Horus (Horus being one of her many children). She was the protector of women and children and was often depicted as a cow.
Who was Hathor?
Hathor is an ancient Egyptian goddess who is frequently associated with the sky. In art, she was depicted as a woman with cow-horns and the sun-disc above her head. Hathor was the goddess of love, beauty, music, dance, and alcohol. She was also known to be a protector of children and the dead. Hathor was considered a primordial goddess. In early inscriptions, her name is often paired with that of another Egyptian deity whose name, Ra, means “the one who guides the winds (winds being the god’s ability to move the heavens).” She was often paired with her husband, the solar god, Osiris. Her name meant “house of the king” and “he who gives life (to everything).”
Her temple was a kind of shrine where important offerings were made to achieve her blessing. A story from the New Kingdom period BC relates how the king was looking for a wife and killed his own father to try and find one. The other male members of his family tried to trick him into marrying one of these feigned wives instead, one of which was Hathor (according to one myth, she tricked the king by showing him a cow stealing her maternity). This story is not true, but it illustrates the impotence of the other gods and how powerful Hathor was as a goddess.
Hathor had two names inheritance: one was the name of the prey and the other was the name of the taker of the life. Initially, she was of the sky, since she decorated her temples with images of herself in chasing a mythical pharaoh. Eventually, she moved into human form and often had aspects of both her old and new names. It’s how she would protect her people from the wrath of Venus for example, during her time as a demon. Later on, she became the protector of travelers and the famous shrine of The Two Besoles was her name. This was a major temple in Thebes, one where she was often depicted carrying some kind of food.
Why was Hathor so important to the ancient Egyptians?
Every ancient civilization had a god or goddess that represented the sun. In ancient Egypt, Hathor represented the sun. Hathor was the goddess of love, beauty, music and dance. She was also known as the goddess of motherhood and the sky. During the day Hathor represented the sun in the sky and then at night, she became the moon.
These dualities were so great that when new sun and moon goddesses emerged, women in Ancient Egypt often skipped the night and became worshipers of Hathor during the day. But, we won’t go into detail that much.
Hathor and Ra existed side by side, kind of like how Zeus and the Olympians existed side by side. She is one of the few gods that can be depicted in multiple forms. And because of all the gods coming in multiple versions, she was often confused and even misattributed to other people and Egyptian gods.
Sometimes it was hard to tell which one was which. This is because each version had its own attributes and behaviors.
As such, we know Hathor in only one form — often depicted with a magical robe on top of her head and wearing wide-brimmed hats — but we also have seven different depictions of her with other hats.
In Ancient Egypt, Hathor was most commonly depicted as a human-like, red-haired goddess with a key-shaped headdress, beneath which she wields a club that resembles a scepter. Her arms are encased in Egyptian style Hathor’s arms — one wrapped around the other and wearing a band.
At night and at other times in Egyptian mythology, Hathor wasn’t simply described as a goddess. She also wasn’t just the goddess of love. She could be known as Hathor the Fail-Proof, Hura the Mighty, Hathor half-human and half-sun, and Hathor with an Apple heart that’s also a sun.
During her day hours, she would use her clubs to protect people, or she would take on the form of a cow and protect her calf. In this way she moved freely amongst the various gods and goddesses of Ancient Egypt.
What is Hathor’s House of Horus?
Hathor’s House of Horus is a place where I write about personal development, success, and productivity, and how to live a meaningful life.
In ancient Egypt, she was often worshipped alongside many other sun gods such as Ra, in an attempt to balance out the chaotic nature of the time. The Egyptians would frequently combine Hathor with her husband, Ra so that they would be able to see the sun and its rays at the same time. They believed this would enhance their power and see new beginnings popping out of nothing.
As we know, this practice didn’t really work out very well for them as the Egyptians ended up suffering a brutal revolution to bring the ancient Egyptian religion in line with Islam.
Today modern Egyptians actually worship a pantheon of Egyptian gods instead, together with Hathor and her husband Ra. But you don’t need to know any of that to admire this goddess’s beauty and power!
Hathor and the sun can work to your advantage by helping you go to sleep more easily and by improving your health. But the more you get into the more benefits you’ll have because people are more awake when there are more sun rays hitting the earth.
How do you work that out legally? The answer is that the modern Egyptian government allows certain religious practices in the form of “worship” which are “not contrary to public order” and can “serve the public interest”. What that means is that you can worship a god, however ancient and masculine or feminine you imagine, in the same way as you would in traditional religion.
An example of such a practice would be the worship of Anhur, which is still done to this day in rural areas of Egypt.
What did Hathor look like and how did she dress?
Hathor was often depicted as a cow or as a woman with the ears of a cow. In some images, she is shown wearing a sun disk headdress and in others, she wears a headdress in the shape of a cow’s horns. She is often shown wearing a red ribbon, which was the epitome of fertility.
She was worshiped as a goddess in both Egypt (where she was known as Hathor or simply Hathor) and in other countries such as Syria, Lebanon, North Africa (where she was known as Ammit or Ammon) and the Phoenicians.
her domain was the fertile plain of the east and the frontier of Nubia, in which were situated the numerous temples and shrines of Hathor. The capital of Upper Egypt was also named after her, Shekendar, which means “House of the cow” in the Nubian language.
Her features were striking and carefree, daughter of Pharoah, and Atum the builder and protector of his people. She was jealous that he had become a god, a god worthy of trust and worship. She turned against him and tried to poison him and his kingdom, but was unsuccessful.
The god, however, refused to succor his evil doppelganger. She had no charms of magic or eloquence, just the gift of writing and prophecy. So it is only natural that in God’s bitterness Hathor punished him by transforming him into a mayapple tree, better known today as the fruit tree.
Later legends located her in Adena, Greece. Her son, Seti, was the god-commander of the city of Memphis and was worshipped as a mighty pharaoh. He was often depicted with the head of a cow, with a hooked beard and a crown of wheat.
It was probably in this form that the young god was first called after Seti slew his half-sister, Setis (Hercules). But later, Seti’s name was also changed to that of Hathor.
How can we find out more about this mysterious Egyptian goddess and her many children?
The ancient Egyptians were polytheistic and worshiped many gods. One of the most important of these gods was Isis. Isis was the goddess of fertility, magic, and healing, and was revered by most ancient Egyptians. Isis had many children and was often portrayed as a caring mother figure. One of her children was her brother, Set, the god of darkness and magic. This is what you see in the illustration above:
In the Hathor mythology, there are many conflicting reports of whether or not Hathor was married. She was often shown with several male lovers, including Seth. However, there is little evidence to support any of these reports and most of the tales come from later writers after the life of Set had been immortalized in the myths.
Currently, the most commonly held belief and depiction of Hathor is that she was a virgin, and was either born of a magic union or begotten by Seth. To date, there has not been any concrete archeological evidence to support this belief.
There are numerous myths surrounding Hathor, and it can be difficult to know where to start unraveling the tapestries. These include:
The origins of Hathor as the wife of Set
Whether or not Hathor bore Set children
What role do custom Hathor crosses played in modern life?
Conflicting myths surrounding Hathor between Islam and Christianity
In my research for this article, I’ve come across several different images of Hathor. Some are straightforward pictures of a woman with red hair and retinas resting atop her glossy red lips, but others look nothing like her and have been labeled as images of Hathor by others. Of course, there would be conflicting images if she were a man!
Whatever the final verdict on the current depiction of Hathor, I believe that the most important aspect of her was that she ruled the fate of Egypt. If she were a man, it would simply mean that life in government would have been either a troublesome or good thing.
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