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Ancient Egyptian deities: Seed Goddess
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Seed Goddess

    The Seed Goddess, tA mtw.t,[3] was the personification of the seed of the creator god. She was forbidden to anybody but the creator god himself and violating her would lead to a terrible death by poisoning.
    This did not prevent Seth from copulating with her after he had seen her bathing, some suggest that she seduced Seth.[1][2] He fell ill because of his sacrilegious act, possibly poisoned by the goddess herself–the word mtw.t, "seed", used can also mean "poison" [2]–and Anat intervened with Re, asking the creator god to save him. Re ordered Isis to remedy Seth with the help of her knowledge of magic.
Zahi A. Hawass, Janet Richards (eds), The archaeology and art of ancient Egypt: essays in honor of David B. O'Connor, Volume 2, Conseil Suprême des Antiquités de l'Égypte, 2007
J. H. Hospers, Herman L. J. Vanstiphout, Scripta signa vocis: studies about scripts, scriptures, scribes, and languages in the Near East, presented to J.H. Hospers by his pupils, colleagues, and friends, John Benjamins Pub Co, 1986
Geraldine Pinch, Egyptian mythology: a guide to the gods, goddesses, and traditions of ancient Egypt, Oxford University Press US, 2004, p.102
[1] Hawass & Richards (eds) 2007, p.411
[2] Hospers & Vanstiphout 1986, p.40
[3] transliteration tA mtw.t, lit. "the Seed" (Hospers & Vanstiphout 1986, p.40)

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