What Is the Name of the Cow-Horned Goddess?


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Hathor, a goddess of ancient Egypt, typically had the appearance of a woman with a cow's head or horns. In some portrayals, she simply appears as a cow.

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The ancient Egyptians considered Hathor to be the creator and maintainer of all earthly life. She served as a symbolic mother for the pharaoh; some statues showed her suckling the pharaoh, symbolically indicating her life-giving characteristics. The ancient Egyptians associated Hathor with sexual love and worshipped her as a goddess of dance, fertility and music. Hathor bore enough of a resemblance to the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, that the Greeks identified the two goddesses with each other.

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