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Meret
 
In Egyptian mythology, Meret (also spelt Mert) was the token wife occasionally given to Hapy, the god of the Nile, her name being a reference to this, meaning simply the beloved. As token wife, she was usually depicted with the same associations as Hapy, having on her head either the blue lotus for Upper Egypt, or the papyrus plant for Lower Egypt. Since Hapy was the source of bountyfulness, Meret was usually depicted with an offering bowl, as she was seen, being his wife, as the symbolic recipient of his generosity.  

Amongst the lower classes, where nationalism was less important than successful harvest, she was more strongly considered the wife of Hapy, than the protectresses of Lower and Upper Egypt, which were more normally his wife in the upper classes. As a deity whose role was to be the symbolic receiver of bountyfulness from the inundation of the Nile, she was strongly associated with rejoicing, such as singing, and dancing. Later stories tell that Meret was the goddess of the eight hour, in the Book of Gates.

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