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Sekhet is a recorded third gender in ancient Egypt. Inscribed pottery shards found near Thebes (modern Luxor), dating to the Middle Kingdom (ca. 2000–1800 BCE), list three human genders: tꜢỉ (male), sḫt ("sekhet") and ḥmt (female).[1] Sekhet is often translated as "eunuch".[2] However, the definition of this third gender remains unknown, leaving scholars speculating about its meaning.

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  1. Sethe 1926, p. 61.
  2. "The Third Gender in Ancient Egypt".

Bibliography[]

  • Sethe, K., 1926: Die Aechtung feindlicher Fürsten, Völker und Dinge auf altägyptischen Tongefäßscherben des mittleren Reiches, in: Abhandlungen der Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophisch-Historische Klasse.

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