Djehuty’s Consorts


            Djehuty is traditionally recognized as having as consort either Ma’at, Seshat, or Nehemet-awai. No assignation is definite and varies from time period and place.

            As a god of writing and of scribes, the Lord of Sacred Writings, he was at times associated with Seshat, goddess of writing, literature, accounting and libraries. She was said to be either His daughter, sister or wife. However eygyptologist Dagmar Budde in his book Die Göttin Seschat feels that this may be due to a mistaken translation by scholars and that possibly no real connection existed between them in ancient Kemet. Their frequent appearances together are due more to the similarity of their functions than anything.

            By the Middle Kingdom, Djehuty as a god of wisdom and justice, was sometimes associated with Ma’at, the personification of righteousness.

            After the New Kingdom Djehuty was also associated with Nehemet-awai, or “She who Rescues the Plundered” and is thought to be a form of Hethert. Nehemet-awai was considered to be mother to a local form of Heru, Hr-Nfr (or Heru the Beautiful) and as such may have been connected to Djehuty due to his role in assuring the proper transmission of the Throne.

            On the whole, Djehuty and his consorts never formed a particularly fecund coupling and were not as celebrated as other famed pairings such as Hethert and Heru-Behdety or Amun and Mut.




            Boylan, Patrick, Thoth the Hermes of Egypt, Ares Pub. Inc., Chicago, Ill., 1922, 1987. p. 208-209.

            Budde, Dagmar. Die Goettin Seschat, Vodtke, Leipzig, 2000.    (Via
            Helck, Wolfgang, "Nehemet-awai," Lexikon der Ägyptologie, Otto Harrassowitz, c. 1984.

            Redford, Donald B., editor, The Ancient Gods Speak : a Guide to Egyptian Religion. Thoth, p. 354. Oxford University Press, New York, 2002.

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