Mut Mother Of The Gods  

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LITTLE IS KNOWN OF THE ORIGINS OF THIS GODDESS, BUT FROM THE MIDDLE KINGDOM ONWARD, "MUT", WHO REPRESENTS THE PRINCIPLE OF MOTHERHOOD IN ITS PUREST FORM, WAS WORSHIPPED AS THE "MOTHER OF THE GODS". SHE IS THE DIVINE MOTHER AND QUEEN OF THE GODS, AND THE EMBODIMENT OF THE UNIVERSAL MYSTERIES. SHE WAS ONE OF THE VERY FEW "GODDESSES" OF WHOM IT IS DECLARED THAT SHE WAS " NEVER BORN,," IE, THAT SHE WAS SELF-PRODUCED.

"MUT" IS SYMBOLIC OF MATERNAL LOVE AND PROTECTION. SHE TOOK THE FORM OF A SACRED CELESTIAL COW TO FILL THE ROLE OF "QUEEN OF HEAVEN". AT THEBES, SHE BECAME THE CHIEF CONSORT OF THE INVISIBLE ONE," AMUN RA," GOD OF THE AIR, AND THEIR YEARLY MARRIAGE WAS ONE OF THE GREAT ANNUAL CELEBRATIONS. SHE WAS THE MOTHER OF THE MOON GOD, "KHONSU. "

SHE IS REPRESENTED AS A MATURE WOMAN WITH A HEADDRESS IN THE FORM OF A VULTURE SURMOUNTED BY THE CROWNS OF UPPER AND LOWER EGYPT. THE VULTURE AS A HIEROGLYPHIC SIGN MEANS "MUT", OR "MOTHER". SHE IS SOMETIMES SEEN WITH TA SHEEP'S HEAD IN HONOR OF HER HUSBAND, AND IN OTHER PLACES WITH THE VULTURE'S OUTSTRETCHED WINGS GUARDING THE CRADLE OF THE NILE, THE SOURCE OF WHICH IS DEFENDED BY A SERPENT. "MUT" WAS ALSO DEPICTED AT THEBES WITH THE HEAD OF A LIONESS.

IT WAS AT" KARNAK" THAT SHE WAS MAINLY WORSHIPPED, WHERE A BEAUTIFUL TEMPLE WAS BUILT BY "AMENHETEP III " IN HER HONOR. THERE, SHE IS CALLED "THE LADY OF ASHER..."FROM THE NAME OF THAT PART OF THEBES WHERE HER TEMPLE STOOD. AT "LUXOR, "THERE STILL REMAINS A TEMPLE WITH A SACRED LAKE THAT WAS DEDICATED TO THIS GODDESS.

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