IN ANCIENT EGYPT, THE GODDESS" ANUKET" WAS ACKNOWLEDGED AS THE BENEVOLENT GIVER OF LIFE. SHE WAS S"HE WHO EMBRACES", A NAME INDICATING THAT SHE HELD THE NILE IN HER HANDS. "ANUKET" WAS AN OLD KINGDOM GODDESS WHO WAS PRIMARILY ASSOCIATED WITH THE NURTURING WATERS OF THE NILE, THE PERSONIFICATION OF THE ANNUAL FLOODING OF THE GREAT RIVER. HER ARMS WERE SYMBOLIC OF ITS TWO TRIBUTARIES.
"SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF "RA, "AND DURING THE NEW KINGDOM, THE WIFE OF "KHNUM." SHE WAS GENERALLY DEPICTED AS A RATHER TALL WOMAN WEARING A HEADDRESS MADE OF EITHER REEDS OR OSTRICH FEATHERS...AND IS OFTEN FOUND HOLDING A SCEPTRE AND THE ANKH SYMBOL. HER PRIMARY SYMBOL WAS THE COWRIE SHELL. HER SACRED ANIMAL WAS THE GAZELLE, A CREATURE MUCH ADMIRED FOR ITS DELICATE BEAUTY AND ITS AGILITY.
SHE FIRST EMERGED IN NORTHERN NUBIA AND WAS A GODDESS OF EVERYTHING SOUTH OF THE EGYPTIAN BORDER. IT IS TO BE NOTED THAT SHE WAS ALSO WORSHIPED THROUGHOUT NORTHERN NUBIA, AND WAS NOT A GODDESS CONFINED TO EGYPT ITSELF. BECAUSE OF THIS, SHE WAS GIVEN THE TITLE OF "MISTRESS OF NUBIA. "
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