Name in hieroglyphs
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ParentsAnubis,[1] Anput
Anubis, father of Kebechet

In Egyptian mythology, Kebechet (spelt in hieroglyphs as Qeb-Hwt, and also transliterated as Khebhut, Kebehut, Qébéhout, Kabehchet and Kebehwet) is a goddess, a deification of embalming liquid. Her name means cooling water.[2]


Kebechet is a daughter of Anubis and his wife Anput.[3] In the Pyramid Texts, Kebechet is referred to as a serpent who "refreshes and purifies" the pharaoh.[4]

Kebechet was thought to give water to the spirits of the dead while they waited for the mummification process to be complete. She was probably related to mummification where she would fortify the body against corruption, so it would stay fresh for reanimation by the deceased's ka.


  1. ^ Rosa Thode, El panteón egipcio, Qebehut en
  2. ^ seawright, caroline. "Anubis, Ancient Egyptian God of Embalming and the Dead". Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  3. ^ Richard H. Wilkinson: Die Welt der Götter im Alten Ägypten - Glaube, Macht, Mythologie -. S. 223.
  4. ^ Hart, George (1986), A Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, p. 26, ISBN 0-415-34495-6, archived from the original on 2017-07-05, retrieved 2017-09-02.