Egyptians - The Tyet
Picture of the Tyet Amulet
Knot of the Girdle of Isis
Ancient Egyptian Tyet Talisman
Ancient Egypt - The Tyet Amulet Fact Sheet
Fact 1: The Tyet was worn as a protective talisman by both the living and the deceased.
Fact 2: Meaning: To the ancient Egyptians the Tyet, aka the Buckle of the girdle of Isis, symbolized the strength and power of the goddess Isis. it was believed to possess the magical powers to protect the wearer from every kind of evil.
Fact 3: The above images of the Tyet reflect the stylized interpretations of a cloth girdle secured by a buckle or knot, that were worn by deities of ancient Egypt, see the picture below. The amulet is also known as the 'Knot of Isis'.
Fact 4: Knots were widely used as talismans in ancient Egypt because the Egyptians believed that knots bound and released magic.
Fact 5: The ‘tyet’ amulet was regarded as sacred in the Pyramid Age of the Old Kingdom.
Fact 7: The symbol of the Tyet became associated with the goddess Isis from the New Kingdom onwards when the spells contained in the funerary texts known as the Book of the Dead were evolved from the earlier Pyramid Texts and Coffin Texts.
Fact 8: Spell 156 in the Book of the Dead relates to the Tyet and states, "You possess your blood, Isis, you possess your power, Isis, you possess your magic, Isis. The amulet is a protection for this Great One, which will drive off anyone who would perform a criminal act against him."
Fact 9: The Tyet type of amulet was usually made of carnelian, red jasper, red porphry or red faience glass, reflecting the color of the blood of Isis. Red colored stones represented fire, blood, strength and power and were also used to create magical Heart talismans and Djed amulets.
Fact 10: The Tyet symbol is often found together with the Djed symbol which together may depict the duality of life. The life blood of Isis and the death of Osiris, the soul in the mortal life and the soul in the Afterlife.
Fact 11: The Tyet is also connected with Horus, another powerful Egyptian god, and the son of Isis. The amulet was also believed to secure the good-will of Horus and, when placed like the golden Djed at the neck of the mummy on the day of the funeral it would assist the soul's journey through the underworld by opening up all hidden places.
Fact 12: A Talisman or an amulet, such as the Tyet, can be described as a religious object consisting of a stone or other small item, often inscribed or carved with magical inscriptions, magic signs, magic symbols, formula or sacred text.
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