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Amentet - Egyptian Mythology
A beautiful woman dressed in the robes of a Pharaonic
queen and wearing the hieroglyph of the west on her head, is the common
depiction of Amentet, a minor Egyptian goddess friend of the death and patron of
the gates of the underworld.
Like many other Egyptian deities, Amentet's name
includes disambiguation such as Imentet, Amentit, or Imentit, usually mentioned
in may passages and hymns of the Egyptian Book of the Dead and worshiped in
Hikuptah, Memphi, Abydos (Abtu), Ipet-Resyt (Luxor), Ipet-Isut (Karnak), and the
western areas of Nile's Delta.
Amentet is married to Aken, the custodian of the
ferryboat in the underworld, hence her work consist of greeting the souls of the
newly deceased offering them bread and water at the gates of their new land,
helping to regenerate their souls for their new rebirth.
She also personifies the land of the west, the
place of rest for human and dead alive since is the place in which the sun is
sunk in the horizon every day. In Egypt, all cemeteries and funerary places were
always built in the west to fall under the protection of this goddess, commonly
found engraved in coffins, or in the walls of tombs.
In some literature, Amentet is depicted as a winged
goddess, but she is more commonly found carrying in her hands a scepter and the
ankh of life, or wearing a hawk on her head.
In Greek literature, the God linked with the dead
is Hades; therefore, the underworld is also referred to as Hades, the name of
the place. In Egypt, the underworld also receives the name of the deity, but in
this case the female Amentet, and the place that Ra, the God of the Sun, visits
The west, the place where the sun sets is also known as Amentet, hence she is
considered more powerful that the Greek Hades, both associated with the Amenti
of the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
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