Amunet

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Amunet in hieroglyphs
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the hidden one
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Amunet-Luxor.jpg
Bas relief of Amunet in Luxor

Amunet (/ˈæməˌnɛt/; also spelled Amonet or Amaunet) is a primordial goddess in ancient Egyptian religion. Her name means "the hidden one" with a feminine ending. She is a member of the Ogdoad and was paired with Amun, "the hidden one" with a masculine ending, from the earliest known documentation.[2] Such pairing of deities is characteristic of the religious concepts of the Ancient Egyptians.

By at least the Twelfth dynasty (c. 1991–1803 BC) she was superseded by Mut as Amun's partner, as cults evolved or were merged following unification, but she remained locally important in the region of Thebes where Amun was worshipped. There she was seen as a protector of the pharaoh.[1]

At Karnak, Amun's cult center, priests were dedicated to Amunet's service. The goddess also played a part in royal ceremonies such as the Sed festival. Amunet was depicted as a woman wearing the Red Crown and carrying a staff of papyrus.[2]

In some late texts from Karnak she was syncretized with Neith, although she remained a distinct deity as late as the Ptolemaic period (323–30 BC).[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c George Hart, The Routledge dictionary of Egyptian gods and goddesses, Psychology Press, 2005, via Google Books
  2. ^ a b c Wilkinson, Richard H. (2003). The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. pp. 136–137