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HATHOR

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Originally appearing in Volume V09, Page 53 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HATHOR, whose name means " house of Horus,' was at all times a very important deity. She is depicted as a cow, or with a broad human countenance, the cow's ears just showing from under a massive wig. Probably at first a goddess of the sky, she is early mentioned in connexion with Re. Later she was often identified with Isis, and her name was used to designate foreign goddesses like those of Puoni and Byblus. Unlike most cosmic deities, she was worshipped in many localities, chief among which was Dendera, where her magnificent temple, of Ptolemaic date, still stands. " The seven Hathors " is a name given to certain fairies, who appeared shortly after the birth of an infant, and predicted his future.
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