Hathor the Egyptian Goddess of Love, Beauty and Pleasure

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Kelly Macquire
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published on 05 June 2022

Hathor was not only a powerful goddess but also one of the most popular in ancient Egypt and it’s not surprising since she was the goddess of love, fertility, beauty, pleasure, music, dancing, and was also the protector of women and women’s health and childbirth. She was a complex goddess with many responsibilities and associations and her name, meaning ‘the house of Horus', places her in an important position as mother or consort of Horus the falcon god.

Hathor was an incredibly popular goddess and was also known as the patroness of foreign regions, the mistress of drunkenness, of song and of myrrh, as a solar sky goddess, a goddess important in the afterlife and a goddess closely associated with the god Ra. Her main centre of worship was at the temple at Dendera (although she was worshipped widely throughout Egypt), and unlike most other deities who only had priests/priestesses of the same gender as the deity, both men and women worked in the name of Hathor.

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0:37 Travel to Ancient Greece
1:12 The Egyptian Goddess Hathor
3:13 The Worship of Hathor
4:41 The Book of the Heavenly Cow
7:08 Outro

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Hathor https://www.worldhistory.org/Hathor/
Ancient Egyptian Mythology https://www.worldhistory.org/Egyptian_Mythology/
The Five Gifts of Hathor: Gratitude in Ancient Egypt https://www.worldhistory.org/article/58/the-five-gifts-of-hathor-gratitude-in-ancient-egyp/
Book of the Heavenly Cow https://www.worldhistory.org/Book_of_the_Heavenly_Cow/
Festivals in Ancient Egypt https://www.worldhistory.org/article/1032/festivals-in-ancient-egypt/
Egyptian Gods - the Complete List https://www.worldhistory.org/article/885/egyptian-gods—the-complete-list/
Ancient Egyptian Religion https://www.worldhistory.org/Egyptian_Religion/

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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Macquire, K. (2022, June 05). Hathor the Egyptian Goddess of Love, Beauty and Pleasure. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2781/hathor-the-egyptian-goddess-of-love-beauty-and-ple/

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