Tenenet, alts. Zenenet, Tanenet, Tenenit, Manuel de Codage transliteration Tnn.t, was an ancient Egyptian goddess of childbirth and beer. She is mentioned in texts dating from the Ptolemaic period as well as in the Book of the Dead.

Associations with childbirth and beerEdit

Tenenet was associated with childbirth and was invoked as the protector of the uterus for pregnant women.[1]

Because women were customarily tasked with bread-making, the making of beer was also considered to be a woman's task. The making of beer was based on specially made loaves of bread baked with barley and then fermented in jars.[2] In this way, Tenenet was also associated with beer.


Her cult centre was at Hermonthis. She was a consort of Monthu. She was later merged with Rat-Taui, [3] Isis and Anit.[4]. Her shape was human and on her head she wore a symbol similar to Meskhenet's.


  1. Christian Jacq, Les Egyptiennes, Perrin, 1996, ISBN 2262010757
  2. Norman Bancroft Hunt, Living in Ancient Egypt, Thalamus Publishing, 2009, ISBN 9780816063383
  3. Manfred Lurker, The Routledge Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, Devils and Demons, Routledge 2004, ISBN 0415340187, p.208 By
  4. W. Max Muller, Egyptian Mythology, Kessinger Publishing 2004, ISBN 0766186016, p.150

External linksEdit

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