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Menhit (pron.: //) (also spelt Menchit) was originally a foreign war goddess in Egyptian mythology, and the female counterpart, and thus wife, to Anhur. Her name depicts a warrior status, as it means (she who) massacres.
Due to the aggressive attributes possessed by and hunting methods used by lionesses, most things connected to warfare in Egypt were depicted as leonine, and Menhit was no exception, being depicted as a lioness-goddess.
As the centre of her cult was toward the southern border of Egypt, in Upper Egypt, she became strongly identified with Sekhmet, who was originally the lion-goddess of war for Upper Egypt, after unification of the two Egyptian kingdoms, this goddess began to be considered simply another aspect of Sekhmet.
- Wörterbuch, II., p.84
- Hans Bonnet: Menhit, in: Lexikon der ägyptischen Religionsgeschichte (English: Lexicon of Egyptian History of Religion) p.451f
- Rolf Felde: Ägyptische Gottheiten (English: Egyptian Gods) p.34
- Rolf Felde: Ägyptische Gottheiten. Wiesbaden 1995
- Hans Bonnet: Lexikon der ägyptischen Religionsgeschichte, Hamburg 2000; ISBN 3-937872-08-6
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