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Nephtys/Nebet-Hewet

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Nebt-Het (Gr: Nephtys) meaning "Mistress of the House", which is a title rather than a name, and the same word as her hieroglyphic sign shown above her head. Also called "Friend of the Dead". Daughter to Geb and Nut of the Heliopolitan Ennead, sister to Aset (Gr: Isis), Wesir, (Gr: Osiris) and sister-spouse to Set. In later times said to be the mother of Inpew (Anubis). She is seldom mentioned other than with her sister, whose faithful companion she always is, helping her mourn and prepare the deceased Wesir and accompanying him into the Netherworld. She also protects and takes care of the young Heru child, son of Aset. She is sometimes associated with the linen bandages that are used for the mummy. Although frequently mentioned in the Pyramid Texts and the Book of Going Forth By Day (the Book of the Dead), she doesn´t seem to have had a worship of her own and no temples of cult centres of hers have survived.

Main center of worship:


Iunu/Heliopolis/Cairo, 13 th Nome, Lower Egypt










Festivals: (exact dates not historically verified)

18th of July, the 5th Epagomenal Day is the Birthday of Nebet-Het

(Nephtys)



30th August - 13th Paopi - Day of Satisfying the Hearts of

the Ennead



3rd October - 17th Hethara - Lamentations of Aset (Isis)and

Nebet-Het (Nephthys) for Wasir (Osiris).



29th October - 13th Koiak - Day of Going Forth of Het-Hert

and the Ennead



15th November - 30th Koiak - The Ennead feast in the House of

Ra, Heru and Wasir

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