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Taweret (Opet)

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Ever wonder why hippos are such popular stuffed animals? It's not just because of their weird mouths and funny teeth or because they were in a few cartoons. Nope, it's because back in the day, they were known as protective animals. In ancient Egypt, people painted a magic hippo all over the inside of their houses to protect against scorpions, snakes, accidents, and nightmares. This magic hippo, who's only hungry (hungry) for evil, is named Taweret. Taweret serves as a "back off!" sign for anyone and anything that might hurt the family. Pretty cuddly, right?

Basic Information


Taweret (Opet)


In Greek, they call me Thoeris
The Great One
Mistress of Birth
Lady of Protection
Big Mama
Lady of the Horizon
The Hipponator



Current city

Luxor (ancient Thebes)

Work & Education


Midwife, Household Protector, Assistant Nightmare Destroyer (with Bes)


I learn on the job. Babies are born all the time.


Political views

Anything for the children

Family & Friends (& Enemies)








Bes, Ammit, Isis, Nephthys, Meskhenet, Sobek, Hathor, Sekhmet, Seth


Germs and demons (and disease demons—those guys are the worst)


Relationship status

It's Complicated with Seth and Sobek
No longer in a relationship with Apophis

Interested in



TV Shows

If you want to know why I like this show, you'll have to watch it. Let's just say a giant statue makes me happy.
America's Most Wanted
It's great when the bad guys get busted.
How I Met Your Mother
It's funny and sweet at the same time. Bes and I watch this on weekends.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Keeping everybody safe is a full-time job.


"Be gentle with the young."
– Juvenal

"There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud."
– Carl Sandburg

"We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear." 
– Nelson Mandela

"Is a hippopotamus a hippopotamus, or just a really cool Opotamus?" 
– Mitch Hedberg

"Some think the
Noble hippopotamus
A somewhat
Pointless rhinoceros" 
– Patrick Winstanley, Peculiar Poetry


The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 
I love reading this one to the little ones!
My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold by William Wordsworth
The simple joy of living must never be forgotten.
If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss 
I've never been to Hippo-no-Hungus….
"The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury 
THAT's not a nursery….
Love Calls to Us the Things of this World by Richard Wilbur
Even laundry can be beautiful if you got a good night's sleep.
Hippos: Natural History & Conservation by Glenn Feldhake 
The Hippopotamus by T. S. Eliot
Not sure why the great poet decided to use me to pick on a church, but it's a good rhyme.
The Baby Book by William Sears M.D., Martha Sears R.N., Robert Sears M.D., and James Sears, M.D.
The Consumer Reports Guide to Childproofing and Safety by Jamie Schaefer-Wilson
Even with me in your house, it's a good idea to know some safety tips.
Symbol and Magic in Egyptian Art by Richard H. Wilkinson
Loving all the little images of me in this book!


Tutti Frutti by Little Richard
I love Little Richard! His songs are all so joyful.
Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads
The part about the water is soothing.
Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone
So many people. So many ways to live together.
Angels Among Us by Demi Lovato
How to Save a Life by The Fray
You know, I've always been around for the boy bands. Lately, it's One Direction. Aren't they adorable? 
I'll put my paws up for Lady Gaga… even if I was the Mother Monster first.


This reminded me of a weird dream I had about me and Sobek dancing…
Home Alone
Protecting a house was never so much fun.
The Muppets
Old friends from childhood never quite go away.
The Sound of Music
Seven children who need more fun in their lives and found it in a wonderful nanny.
The Madagascar films are all kinds of fun. What? I'm not too big to move it.
Being a parent isn't easy, but it has its perks.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
Protect the children. That's all that matters.
A Christmas Story
The best families are full of love, laughs, and not shooting your eye out.

Activities & Interests


Magic wands
Harley-Davidson motorcycles


Family planning
"Bad Boys" (I keep dating them)
Nightmares (and how to make them leave)


Ancient Egyptian Gods
Egyptian Mythology
World Midwives

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