|About the Book|
This case study on Hedjhotep, the god of weaving, has two main aims: On one hand seven sections present an analysis of the gods evidence and functions: 1) Hedjhoteps name with its possible meaning(s), 2) his iconography with some remarkable exceptions, 3) the divine titulatures and their individual elements, 4) places of the gods appearence, 5) his functions, divided into actions (5.1) and contexts (5.2), 6) Hedjhotep as a divine son, 7) other divinities mentioned together with Hedjhotep. On the other hand this study tries to detect some general conceptions laying behind the evidence of the god. This analysis is primarily based on sources of the graeco-roman period. The rare documents that have survived from earlier times are not sufficient to give a clear idea of the god during the Middle and New Kingdom. Only some common features and differences to the later texts can be pointed out (chapter 8). Finally the different origins of Hedjhotep and the goddess Tayt, whose functions are mostly identical, are discussed, as well as the question of a local cult for Hedjhotep in Middle Egypt during the Middle Kingdom. The book includes a list of all available sources and an index.