Saturday, October 8, 2011

Egyptian Goddess Taweret sk059

Egyptian Goddess Taweret Hand Painted Blue Hippo Rock; Spiritkeepers™ Stone featuring Egyptian Goddess Taweret or The Great Female. She is here depicted standing in profile holding the sa, a hieroglyph of protection similar to the ankh hieroglyph of life.

SIZE: 92mm long (about 2 1/2" inches)
35mm wide
15mm at thickest point
guardian of women and children

fierce protector
pregnancy & motherhood
childbirth & labor
female sexuality
magical protection
ward off evil & fight demons or negative ghost spirits
guide to souls of the dead and rebirth
loving household deity

* Taweret (Taueret, Taurt, Toeris, Ipy, Ipet, Apet, Opet, Reret) - The Great Female - was the ancient Egyptian goddess of maternity and childbirth, protector of women and children. Like Bes, she was both a fierce demonic fighter as well as a popular deity who guarded the mother and her newborn child. She was depicted as a combination of a crocodile, a pregnant hippopotamus standing on her hind legs with large breasts and a lion. Unlike the composite demoness Ammut, her head and body were that of the hippo, her paws were that of the lion, and her back was the back of a crocodile.

-- Taweret, British Museum Glossary

*unless otherwise credited, copyright Tree Pruitt.

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