Kherty, who is generally depicted in the form of a ram or ram-headed man, is also depicted in later times as a lion. Kherty is associated with Osiris in a passage from the Pyramid Texts (utterance 264) belonging to a genre of spells in which Osiris is conceived as a threat to the deceased king, who affirms that “He [Re or Horakhty; both are mentioned but not equated] has saved me from Kherty, he will never give me to Osiris, for I have not died the death.” A ritual operator, identifying himself with Horus, affirms to the deceased king in utterance 665 that “I have saved you from Kherty who lives on the hearts of men,” while in utterance 667A, the ritual operator similarly says of the deceased king that “I have begged him from Kherty and I will never give him to Osiris.” PT utterance 264 is one of a genre of spells which concern crossing the sky to the horizon on reed-floats. In utterance 300, by contrast, “Kherty of Nezat” is the ferryman of a bark made by Khnum which the deceased king calls for in the name of Sokar. Since Khnum is known for shaping the body, the ferry-boat of utterance 300 and the reed-floats of 264 could be taken to refer to different netherworld ‘vehicles’ of the deceased, the former more corporeal and chthonic relative to the latter. In utterance 334, Kherty and Shesmu are juxtaposed, the deceased king affirming, “I have traversed Pe as Kherty who presides over Nezat, I have crossed Kenmut as Shesmu who is in his oil-press bark.” Kherty is a protector of the tomb in utterance 534. One of the centers of Kherty’s worship was apparently Khem (Greek Letopolis); in utterance 580, which concerns dividing up a sacrificial ox among a number of Gods, Kherty and fellow Letopolitan Khenty-irty share the shanks of the ox. In utterance 581, the deceased is urged to “go after your spirit in order to catch the winds like the hand of Kherty who is pre-eminent in Nezat.”

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