Anuket is an ancient Egyptian goddess who was originally worshiped as the goddess of the Nile in Upper Egypt and the surrounding Nubian lands. Later she acquired a common Egyptian cult as the patron goddess of the first threshold of the Nile, Aswan and the island of Elephantine. In addition, she was also considered one of the patrons of the Nile floods, which provided the opportunity for agriculture in Egypt.
Since the potter-god Khnum and his wife Satis were considered the gods of the origins of the Nile, Anuket in the Egyptian tradition was considered as their daughter, born from the merger of the White and Blue Nile in Dongol. Anuket was associated with the speed of the river in the area of the first threshold and, therefore, with fast arrows and a fast gazelle. Therefore, Anuket was portrayed as a gazelle-women wearing a crown of feathers or reeds.
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Egyptian main description
Egyptian hieroglyphics are arguably one of the most famous examples of symbolism across history. Created by the ancient Egyptians, this served as their formal writing system. Hieroglyphics can be dated back to the 32nd century BC, and perhaps even earlier. Evidence demonstrates that this writing system continued into the Roman period of the 4th century AD. However, much of the knowledge of hieroglyphics and their meanings were lost after the end of pagan temples in the 5th century. There was no existing knowledge of what these symbols meant, how they were meant to be read and their significance.
Hieroglyphics were decoded in the 1820s with the aid of the Rosetta Stone by Egyptologist Jean-François Champollion. These symbols are not just phonetic sounds or symbols. In fact, they are a combination of different elements. As Jean-François Champollion discovered, hieroglyphics are a “complex system” that encompasses “figurative, symbolic, and phonetic all at once.” For many Egyptians, this form of writing was seen as the “words of God” and thus used by priests.
Generally, hieroglyphics in cursive form were used for religious texts and engraved into wood or written on papyrus. They are written in rows or columns and can be read either left to right or right to left. The direction can be established by seeing which way the human or animal figure faces at the beginning of the line.