Taweret

Taweret
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Taweret: protector of children and pregnant women (Hippopotamus, Lion, Crocodile)

Evidence of the goddess Taweret exists from the Old Kingdom forward. Her name means “the great one.” She was primarily worshiped in the home as a protector of children and pregnant women. Depictions of her occur on numerous household items including objects such as beds, headrests, cosmetic items, vessels, and amulets.

Taweret was represented as a composite animal, combining a pregnant hippopotamus, lion, human, and crocodile. She is shown standing, wearing a long wig and bearing her sharp teeth, an expression probably meant to reference her protective nature. Often times she is shown resting her paw on one or more sa hieroglyphs placed next to her, meaning “protection.” In some instances she is shown with the head of a woman or a cat instead of a hippopotamus.