mythology, Hesat (also spelt Hesahet,
and Hesaret) was the manifestation of Hathor,
the divine sky-cow, in earthly form. Like
Hathor, she was
seen as the wife of Ra.
Since she was the more earthly cow-goddess,
Milk was said to be the beer of Hesat,
a rather meaningless phrase as Hesat means
milk anyway. As a dairy cow, Hesat was
seen as the wet-nurse of the other gods,
the one who creates all nourishment. Thus
she was pictured as a divine white cow,
carrying a tray of food on her horns,
with milk flowing from her udders.
In this earthly form, she was, dualistically, said to be
the mother of Anubis, the god of
the dead, since, it is she, as nourisher, that brings life,
and Anubis, as death, that takes
it. Since Ra's earthly manifestation
was the Mnevis bull, the three of
Anubis as son, the Mnevis
as father, and Hesat as mother, were identified as a family
triad, and worshipped as such.
and Goddesses Menu
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