Curiosities

The t3 rht (ta rekhet, ‘the woman who knows’) is mentioned in several ostraca from the village of Deir el-Medina, and seems to have been able to identify the gods which brought misfortune, look into the future, and diagnose illness. Such women were consulted by both men and women, with there being only one ta rekhet at any one time. Such women had a deep knowledge of the realms between the living, the gods and the deceased and in one text the wise woman is consulted concerning the cause of death of a child.

– Carolyn Graves-Brown, Dancing for Hathor: Women in Ancient Egypt

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