mythology, Menhit (also spelt
Menchit) was originally a foreign
war goddess, and the female counterpart,
and thus wife, to Anhur.
It was said that she had come from
Nubia with Anhur.
Her name depicts this warrier status,
as it means (she who) massacres.
Due to the agressive attributes
possessed by lions, most things
connected to warfare in Egypt were
depicted as leonine (lion-like),
and Menhit was no exception, being
depicted as a lion-goddess. She
was also believed to ride ahead
of the Egyptian armies and cut down
their enemies with fiery arrows,
also like other war gods.
In the 3rd Nome of Upper Egypt, particularly at Esna, she
was said to be the wife of Khnum,
and mother of Heka.
As the centre of her cult was toward the southern border
of Egypt, which was in Upper Egypt, she became strongly identified
with Sekhmet, who was originally
the lion-goddess of war for Upper Egypt, eventually being
considered simply an aspect of her.
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