was a goddess of the hunt.
She may have also been a war
Her worship dates from pre dynastic history. In early times she was
'mother of the gods' and 'Great Goddess'.
She was considered the guardian of men
Later, Neith was seen as a protector of the dead,
she is often seen standing with
Nephthys at the head of coffins.
Or assisting Isis, Nephthys, and Selket to guard the
As 'Opener of the Ways', she was a guide in the underworld,
Anubis. As a creative deity she was said to be the wife of Khnum at
She was appealed to for her wisdom as an arbitrator during the great
of Horus and Seth.
Neith assumed the role of state deity during the Twenty-sixth Dynasty,
kings of Sais repeled the invading Assyrians and reunited Egypt.
This period lasted
for about a century and a half and the tendency in art and religion
was to try to
regain the glories of the past.
This was a suitable time for the worship of an ancient