from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. The goddess associated with ritual of the dead; sister of Geb and Nut; wife of Set.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of Nephthyidæ. N. cæca is a British species, the white-rag worm, also known as the lurg and the hairybait.
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- n. Egyptian goddess associated with ritual of the dead; sister of Geb and Nut; wife of Set
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This savant transcribed and translated some passages from the Festival Songs of Isis and Nephthys, which is the first text in it, and these he published in Recueil de Travaux, Paris, tom. iii., pp. 57-64.
Some quick and dirty research over the course of an hour or so yields our first stereotype of the sexually frustrated woman in Egyptian mythology in the persona of Nephthys.
Nephthys and Isis are shown standing together, with the sign of Ra between them.
Anubis, although not mentioned directly had to be involved and was the easiest god to track down: also known as Anpu, Anubis was the jackal-headed son of Nephthys and Osiris and the deity given the greatest duties in guiding souls to the afterlife and protecting them once they were there.
On the right and left sides of the crown were scenes of plants and also images of the goddesses Isis and Nephthys, again guarding the deceased with their wings.
Behind the ears a figure of Isis appeared on one side, her sister Nephthys on the other, the two goddesses shielding the deceased with their wings.
Two flanking sections were divided into four horizontal registers -- the top showing one of Horus 'children, Hapy, with the goddess Nephthys; the second, an image of Imesty; the third, images of Hapy and Imesty as standing figures; the fourth a recumbent Anubis holding the key to the cemetery.
Other pharaonic elements include images behind the ears of the goddesses Isis and Nephthys shielding the deceased with their wings and three cobras topped with sun disks.
Nephthys entered and sang a duet with her sister, then hand-in-hand the two women went in search of the scattered fragments of Osiris 'corpse.
I placed the words in the mouth of the goddess Nephthys.