Taweret

Taweret

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In Egyptian mythology, Taweret (also spelled Taurt, Tuat, Taouris, Tuart, Ta-weret, Tawaret, and Taueret, and in Greek, Θουέρις "Thouéris" and Toeris) is the Egyptian Goddess of childbirth and fertility. The name "Taweret" means, "she who is great" or simply, "great one". When paired with another deity, she became the demon-wife of Apep, the original god of evil. However, the Egyptians essentially treated Taweret as a benevolent figure and this deity is attested as early as the Old Kingdom period "when she took three principal names: Opet or Ipy ('harim' or favoured place), Taweret ('the great goddess') and Reret ('the sow'). She has been linked with the demon goddess Ammit"While there is a temple of Opet at Karnak, dating to the Late Period and Ptolemaic era, "it was the cult of Taweret that gained particular importance over time."

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Taweret is sometimes shown with seven stars lined down her back, which are most likely the seven stars of the Big Dipper. For if it is as Gerald Massey claims, then the Hippopotamus (Taweret) is actually the Great Bear, while the Haunch in the Dendera zodiac is the constellation Cassiopeia....
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