Tawaret provided divine protection for women in childbirth.
She was a mixture of several creatures, having the head and body of a hippopotamus, lion’s paws and a crocodile’s tail.
All these parts from such fierce animals gave her great strength.
Nonetheless, she was a good goddess and her fierceness was only directed against those who threatened the people she protected.
Tawaret also had breasts and a round belly, revealing her association with pregnant women.
Tawaret was one of the wives of the wicked god Seth.
As a punishment, the gods cut off one of the bull’s legs and cast it to the heavens where it appeared as a star.
It was Tawaret’s duty to guard the foreleg and ensure it never left the heavens to harm anyone again.