Kuaket at Deir el Medina (copyright S F E Cameron)
Kauket, Deir el Medina, SFE Cameron, via Wikimedia Commons
kkwt (Kuaket)

In ancient Egyptian mythology, Kauket (or Keket) was one of the eight primordial elements in the Ogdoad creation myth. She represented darkness in combination with her male aspect Kuk. She was associated with the dusk and given the epithet “bringer-in of the night”.

Kauket was a fairly obscure deity who was rarely referred to outside of the Ogdoad myths. In fact, she seems to have been considered as a representation of duality (with Kuk) rather than as a distinct goddess. She was depicted as a snake or a snake-headed woman (like the other three female elements).

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