Iat
Goddess of milk
Major cult centerEgypt
Symbol
S152A

Iat (Ancient Egyptian: jꜣt) is an ancient Egyptian minor goddess of milk and, by association, of nurturing and childbirth.[1]

The goddess is sparsely attested, and what little we know of her is based upon a handful of mentions in the Pyramid Texts.[2][3] These include the following:

Etymology

iAtmwt
Iat[2]
Egyptian hieroglyphs

The name of the goddess resembles one Egyptian word for "milk", jꜣtt;[3] the more common work for milk, jrṯt, may also have some etymological connection to both.

See also

References

  1. ^ "The Papyrus of Ani, The Egyptian Book of the Dead". Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b Erman, Adolf & Grapow, Hermann: Wörterbuch der Aegyptischen Sprache, Im Auftrage der Deutschen Akademien, Berlin: Akademie Verlag (1971), vol. I, p. 26.16.
  3. ^ a b c "Iat". egyptian-gods.info. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Allen, James P. (2005) The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts, Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, pages 30, 184, 196.