satet.jpg The goddess Satet was considered to be the wife of Khnum and the mother of Anuket, with whom she formed the triad of Elephantine. Originally the goddess may have come from the nearby island of Sehel, as is suggested by the close similarity of the Egyptian name of the island with that of the goddess.

Satet had two main tasks. She had to protect the southern border of Egypt against enemies, at whom she would shoot arrows (the Egyptian word for shooting also being similar to her name), and she had to purify the dead with water from Elephantine, as we are told by the Old Kingdom Pyramid Texts; this water was believed to come from Nun and was therefore full of special powers.

Satet is usually depicted as a woman wearing the white crown with on either side an antelope horn.



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