Hathor: A Reintroduction to an Ancient Egyptian Goddess

Hathor by Lesley JacksonHATHOR: A Reintroduction to an Ancient Egyptian Goddess

By Lesley Jackson

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Hathor: A Reintroduction to an Ancient Egyptian Goddess is a comprehensive and thought-provoking study of one of the most important Ancient Egyptian deities.  Primarily a Cow Goddess, Hathor was multifaceted, and her importance was emphasised through the many titles and roles she held.  She was the goddess of the sky, sun, love, sex, dance, music, fertility, precious metals and gemstones, as well as being Protectress of Foreign Lands, Eye Goddess, Goddess of Desire, Lady of Drunkenness, and Lady of Fragrance.  Present in all aspects of life, Hathor was a goddess of childbirth, who protected her worshippers during life and offered protection on the journey into the afterlife.

hathor_cover_webDaughter of the Sun God Ra, she was linked to other cow goddesses, as well as other major deities such as Isis, Bastet and Horus. She was intimately associated with the lioness goddess Sekhmet, who was both an aspect of Hathor and a significant and powerful goddess in her own right.  The Seven Hathors, a seven-fold manifestation of Hathor, predicted the destiny of newborn children and the time and manner of a person’s death and were invoked in love spells and protection charms.

This extensive work provides a welcome and much-needed exploration of one of the most influential goddesses of the ancient world. It explores Hathor’s different roles and titles, her associations with other deities, alter-egos and assimilations, her temples, worship, festivals and her subsequent decline in popularity towards the end of the Greco-Roman period.

Author Lesley Jackson draws on a wide range of historical sources, including magical papyri, stelae, statues, jewellery, ritual objects and archaeological evidence, employing these to reveal the captivating history and numerous functions of this mesmerizing goddess. In doing so, she succeeds in reintroducing Hathor to us as a sovereign, powerful, beautiful and lovely goddess, she ‘whose ba is powerful’.

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From the Introduction:

Hathor was once the most loved and pre-eminent goddess of Egypt. An ancient goddess, “Hathor…who descends from the primeval age” soon held all Egyptians in her loving embrace. She was one of the most accessible of the deities so it was unsurprising that she was a favourite. Her cult, and encounters with her, were full of music, love and laughter. No stern, demanding deity she rejoiced in her followers’ happiness and many could say “she placed joy in my heart”.
~ Lesley Jackson

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
NAMES & ICONOGRAPHY
THE COW GODDESS
THE SKY GODDESS
THE SOLAR GODDESS
THE TREE GODDESS
OBJECTS ASSOCIATED WITH HATHOR
ASPECTS OF HATHOR
MUSIC & DANCE
LOVE & SEX
LADY OF DRUNKENNESS
FRAGRANCE
FERTILITY & CHILDBIRTH
PROTECTING & NURTURING
A GEOLOGICAL GODDESS
GODDESS OF TRADE & FOREIGN LANDS
THE AFTERLIFE & REBIRTH
THE SEVEN HATHORS

SEKHMET
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER DEITIES
ALTER EGOS & ASSIMILATIONS
THE WORSHIP OF HATHOR
HATHOR’S TEMPLES
INSIDE THE TEMPLES
WHAT HAPPENED TO HATHOR?
CONCLUSION
HATHOR FESTIVALS
CHRONOLOGY
PLACE NAMES IN THE TEXT
SACRED GEOGRAPHY
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

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Hathor by Lesley JacksonHATHOR: A Reintroduction to an Ancient Egyptian Goddess

By Lesley Jackson

PB, 312 pages, RRP £14.99

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