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Egypt: The Gods of Ancient Egypt - Neith (Nit, Net, Neit)


Patron of: war, impartiality, mummification wrappings, the funeral bier.

 


Appearance: A woman carrying weapons of war, usually a bow and arrow and a shield.

 

Description: In the Old Kingdom she was a war deity, invoked as a blessing for weapons, both for the soldier and the hunter. Often weapons were placed in tombs surrounding the mummy as protection against evil spirits. These weapons were consecrated to Neith. In the New Kingdom her association with funerary rites is even greater. She stands, along with Isis, guarding the funeral bier of the pharaoh. In the New Kingdom the mummy wrappings were considered the "gifts of Neith."

 

In may stories Neith is found being asked to arbitrate between two sides, her combination of military prowess and impartiality renders her very similar to Athena.

 

Worship: Cult centers in the Delta in the same area as Sobek, her son.

 

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