Nephthys Egyptian Goddess Of The Dead  

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NEPHTHYS IS THE EGYPTIAN GODDESS OF THE DEAD. HER NAME MEANS "MISTRESS OF THE HOUSE" IN THE EGYPTIAN LANGUAGE. SHE HAS ALSO BEEN CALLED THE "FRIEND OF THE DEAD". NEPHTHYS IS THE SHADOW OF HER SISTER ISIS AND RULES OVER THE DARKNESS AND THE SECRETS OF DEATH. SHE IS THE PROTECTOR OF SOULS AND THE QUEEN OF THE UNDERWORLD.

SHE IS USUALLY DEPICTED AS A WOMAN WITH THE HEIROGLYPHIC SYMBOLS OF HER NAME SITUATED ATOP OF HER HEAD; THIS WOULD BE A BASKET AND A HOUSE. SHE HAS ALSO BEEN DEPICTED AS A BIRD....A FALCON OR A HAWK. THROUGHOUT ANCIENT EGYPT, SHE WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FUNERARY RITUALS AND WAS NOT REVERED AS DEATH ITSELF, BUT INSTEAD AS A COMPANION WHO OFFERS GUIDANCE TO THE NEWLY DECEASED AND COMFORT TO THE LIVING RELATIVES.

IN MOST ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MYTHS, SHE IS INTRODUCED TO US AS THE DAUGHTER OF NUT, SISTER OF ISIS AND OSIRIS, AND THE SISTER CONSORT OF THE GOD, SET. LATER MYTHS PROCLAIM HER TO BE THE MOTHER OF ANUBIS. HIS FATHER WAS OSIRIS. SOME MYTHS SAY THAT SHE INTOXICATED OSIRIS AND SEDUCED HIM. STILL OTHER MYTHS SAY THAT SHE DISGUISED HERSELF AS ISIS AND BECAME PREGNANT FROM HIM. IT WAS HER ADULTERY THAT ENRAGED SET AND BECAME HIS MOTIVE FOR SLAYING OSIRIS. AND AFTERWARDS, SHE ONCE AGAIN BETRAYED SETH BY LEAVING HIM TO JOIN ISIS IN THE SEARCH FOR OSIRIS BODY PARTS.

ALTHOUGH LINKED WITH DEATH AND DECAY, SHE ALSO HAD CONNECTIONS WITH LIFE AS WELL. IT IS SAID THAT, AS A COMFORTER, SHE STOOD AT THE HEAD OF THE BED TO OFFER COMFORT AND ASSISTANCE TO THE MOTHER WHO WAS GIVING BIRTH...WHILE ISIS STOOD AT THE FOOT OF THE BED TO MIDWIFE THE CHILD. IN FACT, THE TWO SISTERS WERE OFTEN FOUND TOGETHER, AND THE ONLY WAY THEY COULD BE TOLD APART WAS BY THE HIEROGLYPH ON THEIR HEADS.

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