mythology, Mesenet (also spelt Meskhenet,
Meskhent, and Meshkent) was the goddess
of childbirth, and the creator of each child's
Ka, a part of their soul. In paticular,
in early Egypt, women delivered babies by
squatting over a pair of bricks, known as
birth bricks, and Mesenet was the goddess
associated with this form of delivery. Consequently,
in art, she was depicted as a brick with
a woman's head, wearing a cow's uterus upon
it. Since she was responsible for creating
the Ka, she was associated with Fate, and
thus said to be the (lesbian) consort of
Sai, the goddess of destiny.
It was said that she was present at the birth of three triplets,
and foretold they would each be pharoahs - the triplets in
question were Sahure, Userkaf, and Neferirkare Kakai, who
were the first pharoahs in the 5th Dynasty (although Userkaf
was not the sibling of the other two, but their father).
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