Meskhenet (Mesenet) meaning "place of birth" was the goddess of birth and presided by acting like a midwife for both people and animals.
She was personified by the brick upon which the Egyptian women squatted while giving birth (in picture left). She was also seen with a stylistic cow's uterus on her head, just like Anat.
She was also goddess of fate and could read and give the destinies to children and through their infancy she guarded the babies using pro- tective powers and she was associated with the frog goddess Heket. She also appeared in the Court in the Underworld when the heart of the deceased was being weighed before the final verdict. She was next to the scales as a human headed birthing brick where she would testify to the character of the newly dead, since she had given them their destinies when they were born.
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