Moon Knight: Who is Taweret?

Warning: this article may contain spoilers for episode 4 of Moon Knight.

Mythology has served as inspiration in storytelling across a multitude of cultures since the dawn of human history. Religious and spiritual communities have pivoted their customs, traditions and beliefs around figures from mythology. Mythology is based on the four fundamental theories of myth: structural, psychological, functional and rational. Constructed by allegories and mores, mythologies were also seen as cautionary tales for early civilizations to ponder. Although myths have become globally dominant, Greek, Roman, and Egyptian myths in particular have gained exceptional popularity due to their influence on modern media. Iterations of tales borrowed from common myths or the likeness of certain icons have been widely incorporated into modern literature, film, television, and video games. Egyptian mythology specifically shaped how North Africa was perceived by the rest of the world, as its symbolism piqued endless curiosity.

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Throughout Phase 4 of the MCU, Marvel Studios has been keen to include more of their lesser-known and unusual characters. The MCU has proven to be limitless as it deviates from its mainstays of popular characters that once posed as a lure to commit to, if not invest in, the almighty leader of comic book cinema. moon knight joined the ranks as a Disney+ limited series that promises to taste more of the supernatural fare that comic books have to offer. At the heart of the moon knight comic run has a deep and compelling connection to Egyptian mythology. The Egyptian moon god Khonshu rehabilitates Marc Spector (Oscar Isaac), who then assumes the role of Khonshu’s fist. As a human avatar, Marc fought street-level crime with superhuman feats while navigating life with dissociative identity disorder. moon knight leans heavily on a subject matter commonly associated with Egyptian mythology, which was intended to serve a larger purpose in the live-action adaptation. In a way, the importance of mythism is treated as the show’s centerpiece without having to force it out of its source material. The show has been keen to represent the gods of Egyptian mythos within the MCU. Their incorporation into the Disney+ original is crucial to moving the show forward, and moon knight Episode 4, “The Tomb”, brought the arrival of Taweret.


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Who is the Taweret in Egyptian mythology?

Known by several nicknames, Taweret is a respected divine being in Egyptian mythology. Goddess of reproduction and childbirth, she was said to be married to Bes, who was the god of luck. Mythology details the kindness found in her personality as she is seen with an even temper and good nature, though her anger is known to overpower her softer demeanor. Taweret’s physical appearance is as eclectic as it is striking, as she is depicted as a bipedal hippo accompanied by feline arms. Her crocodile-like legs and tail evoke the connotation that she was responsible for protecting the Nile from flooding. Ancient Egyptian culture placed a strong emphasis on family structure and the importance of children, and women often wore amulets dedicated to Taweret in hopes of bearing children of their own. She was honored as a protective guardian of women and children. Taweret can be seen as vital when promoting new life, though equally important when associated with death. Her powers are imperative for a safe journey to the afterlife as she guides the recently deceased.


Is Taweret in the Moon Knight comics?

Both Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios have drawn inspiration from mythology throughout their past work. the Thor the series exploited the ferocity of norse mythology and raised them through comic book stories. The Nine Kingdoms and Out-of-World Tales were later adapted into the MCU via the Thor saga and its companion spin-off, Loki, to a extent. The first glances at Thor: Love and Thunder teasing the return of Taika Waititi Thor will be associated with even larger icons from other myths such as Zeus and Hercules. the Eternals The series also relied on an accumulation of deities across multiple forms of mythology when grouping its characters. Icon names found in an array of myths are given to those among the Eternals; a majority of everyone finds a counterpart in stories that were fundamental to primitive societies.


the moon knight the comics generously shared an abundant amount of Egyptian mythology imagery on their pages and inserted Khonshu as the main character. Khonshu is a driving force in Marc’s life as it is imperative for him to maintain his Moon Knight identity amongst his other personalities. Ammit, or Ammut, has been featured from issue to issue throughout moon knight, and was later written into the Disney+ series after claiming Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke) as his Earth avatar. Taweret, oddly enough, is not found in the comics and is assumed to be a creative decision by the team behind the live render. Director and Executive Producer Mohamed Diab has dedicated his mission to presenting Egypt and its culture through the most authentic representation, which means there is an attempt to go beyond comic book inspiration. in order to create a series that can articulate its most necessary details while still being able to honor the North African nation.


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What Taweret Means For Moon Knight’s Future

The conclusive moments of the fourth episode of moon knight put a long-awaited twist on the series that dares to lean into more compelling material that strays from the traditional Marvel Studios formula. “The fall” manages to approach the show from a cerebral angle in which he deconstructs the show’s plot and teases that there may be something more beyond what audiences are led to believe. Taweret’s brief but memorable screen moment successfully adds to the excitement and confusion the episode promised. moon knight taking the lead in giving more room for Egyptian deities to play a more pronounced role is an active step forward in helping the series find its thematic anchor.

As if pulled from the pages of Welcome to New Egypt: Part 2 of 5 written by Jeff Lemire, “The Tomb” leaves Marc’s reality in question as he navigates the legitimacy of his existence through a pattern of illusions. Taweret saluting both Marc and Steven Grant is a surprise that invigorates the excitement of the show itself. The full purpose for her to make her way into the series in such a late episode has yet to be discovered, though it does point the way to Marc and Steven visiting the afterlife as moon knight cautiously approaches its final. Taweret can serve as a guide throughout the spiritual realm after implying that Marc and Steven have been proclaimed dead. The Egyptian goddess is part of the Ennead, the nine deities primarily worshiped in Heliopolis, who were previously assembled to judge Khonshu. His absence from their first gathering is oddly timed. It is hoped that its unexpected inclusion is responsible for an even greater elaboration of the Ennead. There’s an excuse for moon knight to take after his supernatural roots as he shifts his attention to new realms and realities that can help redirect him to his desired metaphysiology. Taweret’s presence is a simple hint that his first appearance may not be his last.



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