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Renenet was Egypt's "Goddess of the Double Granary," Goddess of suckling, who gave each baby its ren (secret name-soul) along with its mother's milk. Sometimes she wore a lion head, like Hathor; sometimes a serpent head, Uraeus; sometimes she wore the plumes of Mother Maat. Renenet represented the ancient matriarchal theory that its mother bestows the child's soul after she has given birth to its body. The ren soul was kept secret, since if an enemy discovered it he would work evil against its possessor. A.G.H.


Walker, Barbara G, The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, New York, HarperCollins, 1983, pp,. 854-855

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