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HATHOR

Real Name: Hathor

Occupation: Goddess of love, sexuality, music and dance, former sky-goddess

Legal Status: Citizen of Celestial Heliopolis

Identity: The general populace of Earth is unaware of the existence of Hathor except as a mythological character.

Other Aliases: Athor, The Cow-Goddess, Mehenet, Het-heru, Het-hert, "Queen of the Sycamore,"

Place of Birth: possibly Chemmis or Elephantine (now part of modern Egypt)

Marital Status: Married

Known Relatives: Ammon-Ra (possible father), Nut (mother), Khnemu, Hapi I, (brothers), Ptah, Khonshu, Montu (half-brothers), Horus II (husband), Duamutef, Hapi II, Ihy, Imsety, Qebshuf (sons), Osiris (father-in-law), Isis (mother-in-law), Anhur, Min, Neper, Anubis, Bata (brothers-in-law), Bast, Sesmu (sisters-in-law),  Mihos, Harpre (nephews); Sakhmet (niece)

Group Affiliations: The Ennead (Gods of Egypt)

Base of Operations: Celestial Heliopolis

First Appearance: (behind the scenes) Thor #301, (unnamed) Mannequin (1987)

History: Hathor is a member of the extra-dimensional race of beings known as the Ennead who were worshipped as gods by the Ancient Egyptians. In ancient times, she presided at the island of Chemmis near the mouth of the river Nile ruled by Khnemu who was probably her brother. The goddess, Isis, gave Hathor her infant son, Horus, to protect him from Seth, who had deposed her husband, Osiris, as ruler of the gods. Hathor as well as the other goddesses at Chemmis raised Horus to adulthood, among the goddesses who raised Horus was Seshat (Sechat-Hor), wife of Thoth, the vizier of Ammon-Ra. As an adult, Horus joined forces with many of the Egyptian gods to oust Seth from power, and took Hathor as his wife. 

In Egypt, Hathor was revered as the mother-goddess of the Egyptian pharaohs. She was also known as an underworld goddess who dispensed food and drink to mortals waiting to cross over into the afterlife. Hathor, meanwhile, took pity on Emma-Hasarai from Edfu, Egypt being forced into an unhappy marriage. She gave Emma ever-lasting life, able to be reborn through statues and life-size figures until she found true love. Emma was finally released from Hathor's spell in the Twentieth Century after inspiring a would-be artist named Johnathan Switcher.

Seth, finally, however, managed to defeat Horus through treachery at the same time as the sea battle of Actium in which the forces of Rome lead by Octavius Caesar defeated the navies of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra and her lover, Marc Anthony. The triumphant Seth entrapped Osiris, Isis and Horus and a number of the Egyptian gods within a great pyramid that he sank beneath the sands, and conquered the other-dimensional realm of Heliopolis with his armies of the undead. Seth declared that Horus and his family would never be released until their ancestor Atum-Re finally returned to Earth.  

Hathor meanwhile was protected beyond Seth's influence by Ammon-Ra. During the Third Host of the Celestials, Ammon-Ra had met with the gods of the other pantheons of Earth to discuss the threat the Celestials meant to earth. Amaunet, the queen of the Egyptian gods, meanwhile, allied herself with the other goddesses of earth to find twelve human beings of pure genetic potential to serve as examples of humanity. Hathor was among the other goddesses who looked after the twelve humans chosen to represent mankind to the Celestials. Since Hathor was not among the gods when Seth imprisoned the gods, she escaped being contained in the pyramid that held her husband.

In recent years, the pyramid appeared in the United States, and Osiris, Isis and Horus cast a spell over the Asgardian god Odin, causing him to believe he was the reincarnation of Atum-Re. (Whether there is any connection between Odin and Atum-Re is unknown.) Odinís son, Thor tried in vain to force Osiris and the others to release Odin from this spell and accompanied Osiris into Heliopolis where they confronted Sethís undead armies. Thor realized that, unless stopped, Seth would then menace Earth and Asgard next. Therefore, Thor entered into battle with Seth and with the help of Odin, defeated Seth. Horus then cast Seth from the Golden Bridge of the Gods, and Osiris reclaimed his rightful place within Celestial Heliopolis alongside Hathor. 

Hathor was reunited with Horus, but Seth soon returned several times to seize Heliopolis and terrorize Earth. Absorbing the essences of the Egyptian gods, Seth then led his armies of the undead into Asgard, the home of the Asgardian gods. Hathor and the Egyptian gods meanwhile fought with the Asgardians against Seth and helped to defeat him and regain their powers.

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 345 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown

Strength Level: Hathor possesses superhuman strength enabling her to lift (press) 25 tons under optimal conditions.

Known Superhuman Powers: Hathor possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Ennead (gods of Egypt). Like all Egyptian gods, she is extremely long-lived, but is not immortal like the Olympian gods: she ages at an extremely slow rate since reaching adulthood and cannot die by any conventional means. She is immune to all Earthly diseases and is resistant to conventional injury. If she were somehow wounded, her godly life force would enable her to recover with superhuman speed. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it dispersed a major portion of her bodily molecules to cause her a physical death. Even then, it might be possible for a god of significant power, such as Ammon-Ra, Osiris, Thoth or for a number of Egyptian gods of equal power working together to revive her. Hathor also possesses superhuman strength and her Ennead metabolism provides her with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. (Ennead flesh and bone is about three times as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to the superhuman strength and weight of the Egyptian gods.)

Hathor also has several rather undefined powers possibly derived from mystical or like identified sources. She is an incredibly erotic and beneficent deity capable of stirring emotions of love, passion and attraction in both gods and mortals, but she is also a maternal figure capable of calming and culling infants and children. She can mentally move matter, conceal her appearance by influencing the perceptions of others and enable herself to fly upon wind currents. For at least some of her spells, she must gesture or at least create some sort of movement to create mystical effects; the size and style of the gesture being linked to the type of spell she wants to create. She can move matter with a mere after thought, but to mentally seduce another god or mortal to her whims, she often creates a sexual, obviously erotic, dance to impede the conscious thoughts of her subject to become pliable to her desires. Several gods, like Odin and Thor, are immune to her charms, while other gods, such as Zeus, with already lascivious drives can fall to her whims much quicker. Hathor can force mortals to do her bidding with only a few seconds of eye contact. Hathor can call upon anyone she has ever enthralled, even the spirits of former lovers long after dying, to come to her presence at will.

Abilities: Hathor is a rather hedonistic and compassionate individual with little or no ability to armed or unarmed combat. She does have an extraordinarily lithe and toned body rendering her possibly one of the most physically perfect bodies in existence. 

Paraphernalia: Hathor owns a musical rattle called a sistrum and wears an enchanted necklace called a menat. 

Pets: Hathor is frequently accompanied by lions. Her sacred animal was the cow.

Comments: As yet, Hathor has not yet appeared or been confirmed in the Marvel Universe except behind the scenes during the Fourth Host of the Celestials and Seth's invasion of Asgard. She was probably the goddess referred to by Emma-Hasarai in the Kim Cattrall/Andrew McCarthy movie, Mannequin (1987).

Last updated: 12/10/06

 

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