Ancient Egyptian Mythology - Gods - Nephthys

Ancient Egyptian Mythology

NEPHTHYS (Nebt-het, Nebhet)

Symbols: kite, crow, bones and skulls
Cult Center: Heliopolis

Nephthys was the daughter of Geb and Nut and the sister of Osiris, Isis and Seth. She was also the wife of Seth. The name "Nebt-het" means the "lady of the house." By "house" it is understood to be the portion of the sky where Horus lived. Nephthys was portrayed as a woman wearing on her head the symbol of her name, or the symbol on top of a pair of horns.

Her son was Anubis, whose father was Osiris. Some myths say that Nephthys intoxicated Osiris and seduced him, thus creating Anubis. Yet others say that she disguised herself as her sister Isis, Osiris' wife, and became pregnant by him. It was Nephthys' affair with Osiris which enraged Seth and was one of his motives for murdering Osiris.

Since the earliest of times, Nephthys was considered to be Seth's counterpart and wife. She was always associated with him. Even so, she was depicted as the loyal friend and sister to Isis. It was Nephthys who helped Isis search for and rebuild Osiris' body. One of her roles was to protect Hapy, one of the four sons of Horus, as he guarded over the lungs of the deceased.