At several points in the Book of the Dead (spells 64, 168A, and 185K) a female counterpart of the God Mehen is mentioned. Mehenyt, it would seem, is the Mehen serpent belonging to Osiris rather than Re, as does Mehen. In spell 185K, Mehenyt is associated with a ritual which is distinctly Osirian, namely the adorning of Osiris with strips of linen in four colors. In spell 168A Mehenyt is invoked among the Gods of the eleventh cavern of the netherworld, who “veil the inert one while remaining secreted,” having been “offered a portion on earth”, i.e. while the deceased was alive or by the living on his/her behalf, to “make Osiris (N.) holy in the netherworld forever,” while “They that are with Mehenyt,” depicted as four female figures, having been similarly supplied with offerings, are asked to “let Osiris (N.) move about freely in the sacred seat, that he may be beside the followers of Horus.” In the twelfth cavern, “where the Gods are united with their visible forms,” “the Gods who are with Mehenyt,” the same provisions having been made as to their offerings, are asked to “let Osiris (N.) be in any place where his spirit wishes to be,” while later in the same cavern “the Gods who are in the folds of Mehenyt,” whose name, like Mehen’s, means ‘the coiled one’, are asked to “give sight of the disk [i.e. the sun] to Osiris (N.),” offerings having been made to them on earth “by Osiris (N.) as a blessed one controlling his cool water.” In spell 64, the deceased asks his soul (ba) rhetorically “Where, pray, art thou on blacked-out-moon day while the corpse is silent?” then goes on to affirm that “I have come to see Him-Who-Is-With-His-Mehenyt face to face and eye to eye. The wind rises at his ascent, and torpidity stares me in the face.” To be ‘with his Mehenyt’ seems here to express being at the very heart of the Osirian mystery, at the symbolic dark moon, at the moment just prior to the resurrection, symbolized by the rising wind, when all is yet utterly silent and still. Mehenyt can also be identified with the uraeus, the fire-spitting female cobra that sits on the brow of Re and other solar deities; on this identification see David Lorton, “The Invocation Hymn at the Temple of Hibis,” Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur 21, 1994, pp. 179-181.

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