Hathor - Lady of Heaven
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Hathor is the daughter of Nut, and Ra, she is also the wife of Ra, and
mother of Ily. In many legends she is portrayed as the mother of Horus
the Elder, or as the wife of Horus the Edfu, and the fruit of this
union was Horus the Younger.
Hathor is the Goddess of joy, motherhood, and love. She is the
protectress of pregnant women, and she is a midwife. Hathor is the
patron of all women, no matter their station in life. Hathor was
associated with the inundation of the Nile, and in this aspect
associated with Dogstar Sothis whose rising above the horizon heralded
an annual flooding of the Nile. With this legeng of Ra and Hathor she
is called the Eye of Ray.
With the rise of the Osiris cults her role changed to
welcoming the arrival of the dead to the underworld. She would give
water to the souls from the branches of the sycamore and offer them
food. Hathor is also represented as a cow suckling the soul of the
Hathor was first pictured as a cow with stars on her, then as
a woman with a cows head, and finally with a human head with a face
broad and placid, and sometimes she is pictured with the ears, and
horns of a cow.
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