ancient egypt: history and culture
Ancient Egyptian deities: Heqat
Main menu Main Index and Search Page History List of Dynasties Cultural chronology Mythology Aspects of Life in Ancient Egypt Glossary of ancient Egyptian terms Herodotus on the pharaohs Ancient Egyptian texts Apologia and Bibliography

  For best results save the whole webpage (pictures included) onto your hard disk, open the page with Word 97 or higher, edit if necessary and print.
  Printing using the browser's print function is not recommended.



also Heqet, Heket etc
Heqat     Heqat was a chthonic goddess depicted in the shape of a frog or as a woman with a frog head. She was the female complement of Khnum, creating the body of the foetus inside the womb. As such she was especially venerated at Herur.

Heqat in the shape of a frog
Source: © Cleveland Museum of Art website

    Heqat assisted at the delivery, be it human or divine as in the case of the posthumus birth of Horus. In the Tale of the Birth of the Royal Children Heqat hastened the birth. At Abydos she was part of the Osirian cult.
    The Egyptians believed that frogs were created in the ooze left after the Nile inundation. Heqat was identified with the primeval mud from which the sun god emerged.

Manfred Lurker, Lexikon der Götter und Symbole der alten Ägypter, Scherz 1998, p.95
Geraldine Pinch, Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt, Oxford University Press US, 2004

© October 2008
CSE xhtml validated