Egyptian Goddess Amaunet  

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"AMAUNET" IS THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN GODDESS OF THE AIR; SHE IS THE PERSONIFICATION OF THE LIFE-GIVING NORTHERN WIND AND THE PROTECTRESS OF EGYPT DURING THE TIMES OF THE ASCENSION OF A NEW PHARAOH. HER NAME MEANS HIDDEN ONE. SHE IS ONE OF THE EIGHT PRIMAL DEITIES OF THE "HEMOPOLITAN OGDOAD "WHICH REPRESENTS THE EIGHT PRIMORDIAL FORCES THAT EXISTED BEFORE THE WORLD. SHE REPRESENTS THE MALE AND FEMALE ASPECTS OF THE HIDDEN ONE THAT SYMBOLIZED PRIMORDIAL EXISTENCE BEFORE THE TIME OF CREATION, AND AS SUCH SHE WAS THE BOTH THE FEMALE CONSORT AND THE COUNTERPART TO THE GOD, "AMUN. "

"AMAUNET "IS FIRST MENTIONED IN THE "PYRAMID TEXT:"

You have your bread-loaf, O Amun and Amaunet !

You pair of the gods,

who joined the gods with their shadow.

SHE IS DEPICTED AS A WOMAN WITH THE HEAD OF SNAKE OR AS A SNAKE LIKE ALL OF THE FEMALE DEITIES IN THE "OGDOAD". OCCASIONALLY, SHE WAS SHOWN CARRYING A SCEPTER AND THE ANKH OF LIFE IN HAND. AS" AMAUNET" CONTINUED TO BE IDENTIFIED AS THE GODDESS OF AIR, SHE SOMETIMES WAS DEPICTED AS A WINGED GODDESS, OR AS A WOMAN WITH A HAWK, OR OSTRICH FEATHER, ON HER HEAD.

"AMAUNET" IS SAID TO BE A TUTELARY DEITY OF THE EGYPTIAN PHARAOHS; HENCE, SHE IS OFTEN SHOWN WEARING THE CROWN OF LOWER EGYPT. HER SHADOW, AMONG THE PRIMEVAL GODS, IS THE SYMBOL OF PROTECTION, AND IF IT FALLS ON YOU, IT IS SAID THAT SHE WILL PROTECT YOU FROM HARM. SHE WAS QUEEN OF THE HEAVEN AND

SHE WAS WORSHIPED ALONG WITH "AMUN" IN THE TEMPLE OF "KARNAK "AND IS CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH HIM. WHEN SHE WAS LATER WAS DISPLACED BY" MUT "AS AMUN'S CONSORT, SHE STILL CONTINUED TO RETAIN MANY OF HER OWN INDIVIDUAL CHARACTERISTICS. "AMUN" LATER BECAME THE PATRON DEITY OF THEBES AND ROSE TO BECOME THE MOST IMPORTANT DEITY IN THAT CITY AND, FOR A SHORT WHILE, ALL OF EGYPT.

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