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Neith (Net) was the mother goddess, the national goddess of Lower Egypt, a great hunter whose symbol was a crossed bow and arrows. She always had a separate existence, was never paired with any male god. She was a creator goddess who formed all things. In the beginning, she found herself in the watery waste of Nun, and she formed herself when the world was still in shadow and when there was no earth on which to rest, when no plant grew. She first appeared as a divine cow, then as a Nile perch, more suitable to the watery environment, and went on her way. She created light from her eyes, then said this place where she was would become for her a platform of earth supported upon the primeval waters upon which she might rest. And it was so.

The next to emerge was the land of Egypt. Neith, having created the thirty gods by pronouncing their names, then called in a loud voice to all that she had created and they came to her in a spirit of joy and happiness. But Ra, who could not see her, wept, and men sprang from the tears in his eyes. The gods rested in their shrines and guarded Ra in his place, his cabin on the solar boat. At the same time as Ra was born, Apopi was created, a serpent 120 cubits long: Apopi would become the core of the revolt against Ra, so that there would be then and forever a struggle between good and evil. See also: Horus, Isis, Osiris, Ra.

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