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Nephthys was the goddess of mourning in the Ancient Egyptian religion. She was the goddess of night, rivers, sleep, nature and mourning.

She was a friend and protecter of the dead. Nephthys was important in Ancient Egyptian culture because they considered the afterlife to be very important. She always stood at the head of the coffin that would take the dead to the underworld with outspread wings.

Family[change | change source]

According to their myth, Nephthys had many siblings. Her parents were Geb the god of the earth and Nut the goddess of the sky. She was the sister of Isis, Osiris and twin of Seth.

Cult[change | change source]

In the 19th Dynasty of the Ramesside Pharaohs, a temple of Nephthys called the "House of Nephthys of Ramesses-Meriamun" was built in the town of Sepermeru, midway between Oxyrhynchos and Herakleopolis, on the outskirts of the Fayyum and quite near to the modern site of Deshasheh.

References[change | change source]

  1. Relmer, Pat Egyptian Mythology A to Z
  2. Fisher, Leonard the gods and goddesses of ancient egypt
  3. Barett, Clive The egyptian gods and goddesses

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