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Wosret

A rare image of Wosret, the figure to the right, on a stela showing the pharaohs Hatshepsut and Thutmose III making offerings to Amun, the figure on the left

Wosret, Waset, or Wosyet meaning "the powerful" was an Egyptian goddess whose cult was centered on Thebes in Upper Egypt. Her name was the same as the Egyptian name of the city. She was a minor goddess, but three pharaohs during the Twelfth Dynasty incorporated her name into theirs: Senwosret, or Senusret, means "man of Wosret".[1]

Wosret was rarely depicted, and no temples to her have been identified. When she was depicted, it was wearing a tall crown with the was sceptre (which was related to her name) upon her head and carrying other weapons such as spears and a bow and arrows.

She was Amun's first wife (John Ray calls her "the theological equivalent of the girl next door"), and was replaced by Mut, although it is possible that Mut is simply a later name for Wosret.[2]

Footnotes

  1. ^ Wilkinson, Richard H. (2003). The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt. p. 169
  2. ^ Ray, John Reflections of Osiris: lives from ancient Egypt p.28 [1]

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