Post a Comment. Saturday, November 19, Qetesh. Min - Qetesh - Reshep. Qetesh is a Sumerian goddess adopted into Egyptian mythology from the Canaanite religion, popular during the New Kingdom.
She was a goddess of nature, beauty and sexual pleasure.
Originally, her husband was the god Reshepa Syrian deity whose worship was introduced to Egypt during the Middle Kingdom. When her worship spread to Egypt she was associated with the fertility god Min. Min and Reshep were worshipped as a triad with Qadesh in which she was either the wife of both gods or the wife of Reshpu and the mother of Min.
Qadesh was originally depicted as a naked woman standing on the back of a lion outside Egypt it is sometimes a horse with a crescent moon on her head.
She was often shown holding snakes thought to represent male genitalia or a papyrus plant representing Reshep in her right hand and lotus flowers representing either female genitalia or Min in her left hand. Like Bes and Hathor, she is always pictured facing forward rather than in profile. The meaning of the word is problematic. In fact, Qadesh is sometimes thought of as an aspect of Asherah rather than a distinct goddess.
However, other scholars have suggested that she was a distinct goddess and that the connection with prostitution is due to early mistranslations of biblical texts. They suggest that actually the word related to temple staff, and held no sexual association.
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