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Taweret, Moon Knight’s hippo Goddess, explained

Warning: Large spoilers ahead Moon knight Chapter 5! If you haven’t seen the latest episode yet, come back now!

Moon Knight made waves last week when he introduced a massive twist and a weird new character-and you can see even more hippoes in Episode 5. But if you’re still wondering what’s happening on Earth, here’s everything you need to know.

As Stephen Grant of Oscar Isaac points out Mark Specter, this hippo god is none other than Taweret. In the previous episode, Ethan Hawke’s villain Arthur Harlow shot and killed Specter, who woke up in a mental hospital. This is all very confusing, but in Chapter 5, we learn that Mark / Steven turned out to be in the afterlife of Egypt.

So who exactly is Taweret and what does his presence at the Disney Plus show mean for Moon Knight and the MCU? We will explain everything to you …

Who is Taweret in Egyptian mythology?

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Taweret is the god of fertility and childbirth in Egypt. Like Moon Knight, he is depicted in the guise of a hippo, but with the lion’s arms (and claws) and the crocodile’s tail and legs. The name Taweret means “Supreme” and is part of the adjectives “Mistress of Heaven,” “Woman of Pure Water,” “Porter of Water,” and “Miss of the Horizon.”

Due to his terrifying appearance, God was considered fierce, but he was the guardian of women and children, especially for pregnant women who wore amulets to protect themselves and their children from harm. It was important. Taweret is believed to be useful during childbirth, and the annual Nile floods were associated with it.

But God has a relationship with life as well as death: he used his power to help the dead safely cross the dangerous western mountains to the afterlife.

Who will play Taweret at Moon Knight?

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Antonia Salib plays Taweret at Moon Knight.

“It felt like a collaborative process like this, perfect for such a large organization,” he said. change.. “From the moment I read the scene at the audition and started working with Mohamed Diab and the costume team VFX, I was able to create my own character and it felt like everyone was working together. It was beautiful. “

Has Tawet ever attended Moon Knight?

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Taweret briefly appeared in Episode 1 of Moon Knight. In some scenes, Stephen tends to prefer hippo-shaped toys at gift shops. Are they familiar?

Stephen also calls them hippo, corrects his boss, and explains that they are the goddess Taweret-this explains why he knows about God in Chapter 5.

Has Tawet ever appeared in Marvel Comics?

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Unlike Cons and Ammit, Taweret never appeared in Marvel Comics. This leaves his future at the MCU completely open.

What does Taweret mean for the MCU?

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Taweret explains to Mark and Stephen that the mental hospital they are in is actually Duat, the posthumous world of Egypt. They lift their hearts to offset the wings of Mart (the god of truth and justice) and begin their journey to the reed fields, which are essentially paradise. However, because the scale is not balanced, the duo must delve into the past in the hope that they will finish their journey safely.

God also agrees to derive them from Duat, but before they get there, the scales are never balanced, so the unstable spirit of the sand comes to insist on Mark and Stephen. increase. This unfortunately traps Stephen and confuses the internet, but Mark takes him to the Field of Reed.

It’s still unclear if Taweret still plays a role in the show, but he’s part of the Enead god-and saw some of the gods called through Avatar in Moon Knight Episode 3, but Taweret There was not. If Ennead returns to the Moon Knight finale, he may create a roster.

At this point, it’s unclear if Tawet will reappear on the MCU, but given the Marvel Universe crossovers and cameo trends, perhaps his end isn’t visible.


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Taweret, Moon Knight’s hippo Goddess, explained

Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for Moon Knight episode 5! Turn back now if you haven’t seen the latest episode yet! 
Moon Knight made waves when it introduced a massive twist and a strange new character last week – and in episode 5, we see even more of the hippo figure. But if you’re still wondering what on Earth is going on, we’ve got everything you need to know right here. 
That hippo god is none other than Taweret, as Oscar Isaac’s Steven Grant points out to Marc Spector. In the previous installment, Ethan Hawke’s villainous Arthur Harrow shot Spector dead, and he woke up in a psychiatric hospital. While it all got very confusing, we find out in episode 5 that, as it turns out, Marc/Steven is in the Egyptian afterlife. 
So who exactly is Taweret, and what does her presence in the Disney Plus show mean for Moon Knight and the MCU? We explain all…
Who is Taweret in Egyptian mythology?

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Taweret is the Egyptian god of fertility and childbirth. As in Moon Knight, she is depicted with the appearance of a hippo – but with a lion’s arms (and paws), and a crocodile’s tail and legs. Her epithets include “Lady of Heaven,” “Mistress of Pure Water,” “She Who Removes Water,” and “Mistress of the Horizon,” while her name Taweret translates to “The Great One.”
In keeping with her fearsome look, the god was believed to be fierce – but she was a protector of women and children, and was particularly important to expectant mothers, who wore her amulets to defend themselves and their children against evil. Taweret was believed to help during childbirth, and the yearly flooding of the Nile was also linked to her. 
Along with life, though, the god has an association with death: she used her powers to help the dead make their way safely to the afterlife through the dangerous mountains of the west. 
Who plays Taweret in Moon Knight?

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Taweret is played by Antonia Salib in Moon Knight. 
“It felt like such a collaborative process, which was brilliant for such a big organization,” she told Variety. “From the moment I read the scenes when I was auditioning, and started working with the director Mohammed Diab and the costume team, the VFX, it really felt like I was given license to create my character, and everyone was on board to work together, which was lovely.”
Has Taweret been in Moon Knight before?

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Taweret had a brief cameo in Moon Knight episode 1. In one scene, Steven handles some hippo-shaped toys in the gift shop. Do they look familiar?
Steven also corrects his boss when she calls them hippos, explaining they’re the goddess Taweret – and that explains why he recognizes the god in episode 5. 
Has Taweret been in Marvel comics before?

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Unlike Khonshu and Ammit, Taweret has never appeared in Marvel comics. That leaves her future in the MCU wide open.
What does Taweret mean for the MCU?

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Taweret reveals to Marc and Steven that the psychiatric hospital they’re in is actually Duat, the Egyptian afterlife. She removes their hearts to weigh against the feather of Maat (god of truth and justice), and begins the journey to the Field of Reeds, which is essentially paradise. But, the scales won’t balance, so the duo need to investigate their past in the hopes of making it safely through the journey. 
The god also agrees to take them to the way out of Duat, but before they get there, the unbalanced souls of the sands come to claim Marc and Steven, as the scales never balanced. That unfortunately leaves Steven trapped, which has upset the internet, but Marc makes it to the Field of Reeds. 
Whether Taweret still has a part to play in the series remains to be seen, but the god is part of the Ennead – and we’ve already seen some of these deities gathering via their avatars in Moon Knight episode 3, but without Taweret. If the Ennead returns in the Moon Knight finale, we can expect her to potentially be part of the line-up.
At the moment, though, it’s unclear if Taweret will appear in the MCU again – but considering the Marvel universe’s trend of crossovers and cameos, we most likely haven’t seen the last of her.
If you’re up to speed on Moon Knight, check out our guide to Marvel Phase 4 for everything else the MCU has in store – and if you’re not signed up already, subscribe to Disney Plus here.

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