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Renenutet

by Micha F. Lindemans
An ancient Egyptian cobra goddess of harvest, portrayed as a snake of with the head of a snake. She is a fertility-goddess and regarded as nurturer of children, and tutelary deity of the Pharaoh. With her gaze she could vanquish all enemies, but with the same gaze she could also ensure the fertility of the crops and the bounty of the harvest. During the harvests on fields and vineyards offerings were made to her.

An important place of her cult was in Terenuthis (from her Greek name Termuthis) situated in the Nile-delta. Renemutet was associated with the magical properties believed to inhere in the linen bandages that wrapped the dead. At Edfu she was known as 'mistress of the robes'


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  • Also known as:
    Ernutet
    Renenet

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