When I compare the two Egyptian goddesses Nephthys and Taweret, I see a number of parallels, but I also see distinct differences. Consider:
- Both are associated with childbirth, but whereas Nephthys is called upon for protection in the afterlife, Taweret is called upon for protection in this life.
- Both appear in the myth of Isis and Osiris, but while Nephthys appears in the resurrection of Osiris, Taweret appears in the battle against Set.
- Nephthys is typically represented as a young woman, but Taweret appears as a hippopotamus. At the same time, other goddesses, including Isis, were portrayed in hippo form when their myth related to protecting others.
This makes me wonder if we are talking about two distinct goddesses in the Egyptian mythos, or if they are two aspects of the same goddess, with those differences perhaps representing changes in belief systems over time. Is there any evidence of the two interacting with each other, or other indication that they were perceived as distinct by the ancient Egyptians?