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Nephthys, also known as Nebthet or Nephthys, is the goddess of the night in Egyptian mythology. She is one of the five children of Geb and Nut. She is also the wife of Set, the god of chaos, and the youngest of the five gods who were born to Geb and Nut. Despite marrying Set, she often supports her brother Osiris and nephew Horus in their quests. She is also often shown as a water goddess, and is often seen in illustrations with a river by her side. She is a member of the Ennead of Heliopolis.


Nephthys' sacred animals are the same as her sister Isis, associated with kites and Egyptian hawks. She wears typical Egyptian clothes, and wears a tiara with her name engraved on it in the form of Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. She is often shown with something made of silver, her symbolic metal.


Nephthys wears red or light blue Egyptian robes engraved in designs of silver, and various Egyptian charms. She carries a staff with a shabti or Ancient Egyptian doll hanging from it for good luck. 


Nephthys had no major cult center specifically, though being worshipped at Crocodilopolis in the temples of the god of crocodiles, Sobek. She was also worshipped in the cult centers of the hunting goddess Neit and the cult centers of her consort, Set. She was also worshipped in the temples of Hapi, the god of the Nile. Her only minor cult center was called Diospolis Parva.