Goddess Henut

Document Type : Original Article


faculty of tourism and hotels , mansoura university


This paper concerns in Goddess Henut, (the white Pelican). The research aims to throw light on her role in Ancient Egypt and to show her importance.  The study included a simple Introduction about Birds in general, and the white pelican in particular. The study referred to her form, as she appears as a white pelican bird or a goddess with a pelican head, [i]she is known as the mother of the king, [ii]the paper shows her mention in the different sacred Texts like the Pyramid Texts, Coffin Texts, and the Book of the Dead. The study also discussed the different ideograms that represented the name of this goddess, it discussed her role and function in the Ancient Egyptian Religion as it was thought that she provides the deceased a safe Passageway to the Hereafter.

[i]Chr.leitz, Lexicon der Ägyptischen Götter und Götterbezeichnung V, OLA 114, ( Leuven- Paris, 2002),158

[ii]R. H. Wilkinson, The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient (Cairo, 2003 ),213