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Ancient Egyptian bestiary: Deer
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Source: Excerpt, 'The Glory of Egypt' by M.Audrain     Deer are not often mentioned in Egyptian literature. Unlike some antelopes they seem to have played an insignificant part in the temple services and the mythology. They are mentioned in the following mortuary text from the Roman Period:
Receive them among you! O you Westerners, you dead of the hall of both truths (i.e. of the justified)! For she is a little (girl). One will give her a position in the West. On will offer her water on the table of oblations after Isis and Osiris. May she find Hathor-in-the-midst-of-the-West as she (i.e. the deceased) rests on a bed, as the antelopes, the gazelles, [the] deer and the animals of the desert are by her on the sand, as they say: "Is our mother here? Is this our mother? ///// the first of the Hati-demons! Achieve meeting them!"
Religious texts, Louvre N 2420c
Roman Period
after a transliteration and German translation on the Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae website

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