The Gods of Ancient Egypt -- Anuket


Other Names: Anket, Anqet, Anukis.

Patron of: the Nile and its inundation.

Appearance: a woman wearing a crown of reeds and ostrich feathers, often accompanied by a gazelle.

Description: Anuket was most likely an imported goddess from Nubia, and was worshiped as the "nourisher of the fields," referring to the annual inundation of the Nile that deposited a layer of rich silt on the agricultural areas. She formed a triad with Khenmu and Satis, and in later times was identified with Nephthys. Her name means "embrace" and may refer to the banks of the Nile which yearly would embrace the fields to bring fertility to the land.

Worship: Worshiped throughout Nubia, her Egyptian cult center was at Elephantine.

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