mythology, Andjety (also Anezti, Anedjti)
is a god who was particularly worshipped at Andjet
(known in Greek as Busiris). His name reflects
this, as it means simply (one who is) from Andjet,
and Andjet simply meaning place of djed, djed
being a type of pillar.
Andjety appears to have been worshipped since
pre-dynastic times, and is thought by most Egyptologists
to be the god that eventually became Osiris,
although the question is not finally settled.
Andjety's attributes are quite similar to
those of the early Osiris - he was in charge
of the underworld, and was depicted holding
the symbols of rulership of the pharaoh - the
crook, conical crown (of Upper Egypt), and flail.
In association with death, he has the title
bull of vultures, i.e. progenitor of vultures.
Because of the Egyptian beliefs about re-incarnation,
Andjety, as lord of the dead was sometimes regarded
as a god of re-birth, and consequently in those
situations considered to be the husband of Mesenet,
an ancient goddess of birth. In such associations,
Andjety is sometimes depicted as having the
bovine uterus above his head, since it was a
depiction given also to Mesenet to symbolise
her association with birth.
During the 18th dynasty, hebrew workers brought
with them the worship of Anat, a war goddess,
and identified Andjety as her husband, symbolising
how war and death are bound together.
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