Goddess Pakhet


Goddess Pakhet name
Goddess Pakhet
Goddess Pakhet was a lioness-goddess worshipped in particular at the capture of a wadi in the eastern desert near Beni Hasan (close to El-Minya). Her name  is very resonant of her nature, thinking she who snatches or the tearer. In the Coffin Texts Pakhet the Great is named as a night-huntress with strong hooks.

It is easy to see Greek settlers seeing in Pakhet device characteristics of  Artemis, goddess of the chase. Speos Artemidos (cave of Artemis) grown  the  common designation of Pakhets rock-chapel near Beni Hasan, sliced out of the limestone in the 18th Dynasty under Queen Hatshepsut and King Thutmose III.