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The Power of Karnak's Goddesses

Matilde Sousa Melo

Embark on a journey through the iconographic intricacies of the Hypostyle Hall in Karnak, as this dissertation unveils specific patterns of meaning among the goddesses adorning the sacred space. Illuminated through statistical analysis, the study highlights the syncretization of these goddesses, particularly as avatars of Mut, through distinctive signifiers such as the vulture headdress, papyrus staff, and the Eye of Re motif.


The collective power of these goddesses is examined, emphasizing their regenerative function and roles in perpetuating the cyclical cosmos. This research challenges traditional perspectives, asserting that goddesses play a more intricate and pivotal role in understanding Egyptian art and history than previously acknowledged.


By providing a fresh perspective on a historically overshadowed avenue of Egyptology, this study aims to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the goddesses' significance, countering traditional patriarchal approaches. The decoration choices made by three different kings in the Hypostyle Hall are explored, shedding light on the diverse motivations behind their adornment of this sacred space.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Matilde Sousa Melo
  • Publish Date: Dec 11st, 2023
  • Pages: 268
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.56in - 0.80lb
  • EAN: 9781857653236
  • Categories: History - GeneralAncient - EgyptArchaeology
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