Goddess Nut or Nuit
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35 inches H x 20.5 inches W. Vivid hand batik'd colors.
One of our most popular banners, this Egyptian Night Goddess guards a chakra
colored double serpent, wings, a lotus, an Om symbol, the ankh of life, and the
Sky Goddess Nuit or Nut (Noot)
"Oh Azure Lidded
woman, bend upon them! Every man and woman is a star. Behold the naked splendor
of Nuit. She bends in ecstasy to kiss the secret ardours of Hadit." The
Book of the Law from Ordo Templi Orientis dictated 1904.
In ancient times, after the
twelfth month of each year and before the first day of the ensuing year,
calendar makers inserted five days to permit the Goddess Nuit to give birth to
all of her children. (Maspero, Dawn of Civilization, p208.)
Her name means "Night." Some of the titles of Nut were "Coverer
of the Sky," "She Who Protects," "Mistress of All," and
"She Who Holds a Thousand Souls."
Nuit was the goddess of the sky and all heavenly bodies, a symbol of
resurrection and rebirth. According to the Egyptians, the heavenly bodies would
enter her mouth, traverse her skies and be reborn with dawn out of her
A sacred symbol of Nut was the ladder, used by Osiris to enter her heavenly
skies. This ladder-symbol was called "maqet" and was placed in tombs
to protect the deceased, and to invoke the aid of the god of the dead.
She was the sky goddess, in contrast to most other mythologies, which usually
have a sky father. Nuti was also a protector from "all things evil" to
those who sought her out.
Goddess survived into the historical Egyptian pantheon in a variety of forms and
names. As Great Mother, of all the Gods, She was called Nut, Nuit or Nathor.
Both Nut/Nathor and the Goddess Hathor were given the epithet "Cow of
Heaven". Stories and images of Nut giving birth to Hathor, who bears
upraised arms or stylized horns, strengthen the Nut/Nathor/Hathor connection.
The primary link appears to be the lunar identity, which went from a shared
function to the primary attribute of Hathor. The association of the Moon with
women's menstrual cycles in which the "horns of the uterus" are
symbolized by sacred cow horns is one of the oldest religious symbolic
connections in human history. Though we cannot know for certain what name the
Pre-dynastic Egyptians called this image, we have chosen to use the ancient name
Nathor to designate Her based on these associations. The culture that
produced Her was a sophisticated group of people who settled into small villages
and gradually domesticated cattle.