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Facts about Neith
Neith Profile & Fact File
Egyptian Name: Neith. Alternative Names: Nit, Net, or NeitRole & Function: The function of Neith is described as being a warrior goddess, a funerary goddess and the patron of weaving
Symbols: The bow emblem and a shield bearing crossed arrows, the Ankh and the Was ScepterCult Center: Sais, a famous ancient city in Lower Egypt (in the north)
Titles: The "Mistress of the bow", the "Ruler of arrows", the "Mistress of Mendes"Name of Consort: According to one of the many other creation myths of ancient Egypt Neith was believed to be the consort of Set, the god of war and hostility and the mother of Sobek the ferocious crocodile god and patron of the Egyptian army and royal warriors.
Name in Hieroglyphics: Translation of Hieroglyphics for Neith: Symbols for water, bread (giver of food), emblem of Neith & hieroglyph for bows and sitting goddess
Neith in Egyptian Mythology
Neith Hieroglyph - Ancient Egyptian Bow
The Role of Neith
Neith the Funerary Goddess
The Symbols of Neith
Sais the Cult Center of Neith
"When they assemble at Sais, on the
night of the sacrifice, they all
keep lamps burning in the open air
round about their houses. These
lamps are saucers full of salt and
oil, the wick floating thereon, and
burning all night. This is called
the Feast of Lamps. Egyptians who do
not come to this assemblage are
careful on the night of sacrifice to
The Festival of Lamps was part of the Osirian Mysteries in which the light of the lamps mirrored the lights of the stars of heaven believed to be the pathway to the Starry Fields of the Heavens. On the night of the Festival of Lamps the veil between the worlds was drawn aside revealing the path that led the souls of the dead to the ancient Egyptian paradise for righteous souls.
Triad of Latopolis at Esna
Neith in Egyptian Mythology
History, Mythology and Facts about Neith
Fact 1: Two Early Dynastic queens had names coupled with Neith - Neithhotep and Mernieth
Fact 2: The High Priestesses who served the cults of Neith were called 'hemet netjer' meaning "wife of the gods"
Fact 3: Weapons that had been consecrated to Neith were placed in tombs surrounding the mummy as protection against evil spirits.
Fact 4: The ancient Greek goddess Athena was the Greek counterpart of Neith
Fact 5: In the tomb of Tutankhamun Neith protects one corner of his golden shrine, at the other corners are Selkhet, Isis, and Nephthys.
Fact 6: Neith was supplanted by Hathor in the Fourth Dynasty.
Fact 7: Her principal sanctuary was at Sais in the Nile delta, where she originally developed as a local goddess
Fact 8: After rising to national prominence, a sanctuary was dedicated to her at Memphis.