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Astarte
Semitic: Aštart
Ancient Egyptian: Astirtit
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Astarte
Period of
worship
Second Intermediate Period
Third Intermediate Period
Cult center Avaris
Symbol(s) Horse, Atef Crown
Association War, hunting, love, horses,
chariots
Appearance Anthropoid, Atef Crown,
bull horns
Greek
equivalent(s)
Aphrodite
Egyptian
equivalent(s)
Anat
Father Ptah, Ra
Spouse(s) Set

Astarte was a Goddess who like Anat was a Goddess of war and was seen to protect the Pharaoh in battle. Her origins can be found in Syria and she is not known to have ad a cult in Egypt before the 18th Dynasty, though she was probably introduced by strong Semitic influences on Egyptian culture during the Second Intermediate Period.

Usually she was represented naked on the back of a horse wearing the Atef Crown or bulls horns on her head. Different sources say she was the daughter of Re and Ptah as well as being a consort of Seth.[1]

References[]

  1. Oakes, L & Gahlin, L. (2005) Ancient Egypt: An illustrated reference to the myths, religions, pyramids and temples of the land of the Pharaohs London: Hermes House. ISBN 1843094290
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