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The Celestial nurse

Hathor meaning "House of Horus the Elder", was a goddess of many things, from the celestial to the alcoholic! She was the goddess of love, music, beauty and dance. She was known as the Mother of Mothers and the Celestial Nurse who presided over women, fertility, children and childbirth. Yet she was also a goddess of baser things - she was the Vengeful Eye of Ra, the Lady of Drunkenness, and a goddess of the dead as Lady of the West. As Lady of the Southern Sycamore, the sycamore was sacred to her. It was from the sycamore tree that she was thought to hand out good things to the deceased in the afterlife, and so she was thought to be a friend to the dead. Generally, Hathor was pictured as a woman with cow's horns with the sun between them (giving her the title of 'Golden One'), or as a beautiful woman with cow's ears, or a cow wearing the sun disk between her horns, or even as a lioness or a lion-headed woman showing her destructive side. It was only in later Egyptian history that she was shown as a woman with the head of a cow. She often is seen carrying a 'sistrum', an ancient musical instrument played by the priestesses. The sistrum usually had the face of Hathor where the handle adjoins the rest of the instrument. This particular instrument was related to fertility. The reason that she has so many names, one would assume, is because she is an ancient goddess - she seems to have been mentioned as early as the 2nd Dynasty. Interestingly all her attributes make her more of a real woman than a goddess to worship. Like a human being she has both positive and negative qualities.

By Nishita Aurnab
Source: Encyclopedia Mythica


When you are happy, you smile
When you are angry, you scold
But it does not make a difference
To the fact that I adore you
And love you so much.
You won't ever understand
How special you are to me.
You are in my heart wherever I go
You fill my day with hope and care.
Dearest mother, you are the best in the world.
You are one in a million since
You care for me and love me a lot.
I feel safe because I know your there.
I will always be your child
And please don't forget that
I love you a lot!

I Love You Ma and I mean it. I take back every time I said I hate you. I take back every thing I said about you ruining my life because, now that I think about it, you've done nothing but try to keep me happy. You are the light that has lit up my dark tunnel of life. And now, you lead me through it, keeping me brave and strong. You teach me to stand up on my own two feet, but tell me that sometimes everyone needs someone to help them, someone to hold their hand. That is where you come in.

I want to forget every argument we've ever had, and start over again. I want you to forgive me for every time I let you down, everything I said which you did not like. I ask your forgiveness for every mistake I have made. I know there are times when I get on your nerves and you shout at me and scold me. There are times when I feel as if I hate you when you didn't give me what I want. We argued about many things everyday. I sometimes say things, which I know, were wrong and I shouldn't have said them. I want to forget all those times and move on. I want to change for the better. I want to be the ideal daughter you wish I would be.

You are the greatest person I have ever met and I truly adore you. I never say “I love you” face to face and I hardly ever show you how much I care about you. But sometimes there are moments when I need to show you how much you mean to me. This mother's day is special to me because this time I want you to know that you mean the world to me.

I want our relationship to become stronger; I want us to be best of friends and family. Happy Mother's Day, Ma, I love you.

By Numaya Shahriar





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