Girdle of Isis (Tyet knot, Tet, Tiet, knot of Isis)

Resembling an Ankh with bent arms, the Tyet, or Girdle of Isis, is found mainly in Egyptian funerary murals. It most likely represents the flow of menstrual blood from the womb of the Goddess, and its magical properties.The garments of Egyptian gods are frequently depicted with belts in such a configuration. The power of the Tyet is described in a spell in the Papyrus of Ani:

“The blood of Isis, the spells of Isis, the magical words of Isis shall keep this great (or shining) one strong, and shall protect him from whosoever would harm him\do to him such things as he abominateth.”

The knot resembles an ancient charm for menstrual cramps, which involved insertion of a knotted cloth to stanch bleeding. The tyet is also known as the buckle of Isis.

An image of Mary Magdalen wearing a similar Girdle, possibly hinting at some special symbolism:

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Dakkel January 29, 2014 at 6:33 pm

The connection with Mary Magdalene might be to the fact that common cristianity associate the woman with the bleeding who was cured by touching the cape or mantle of Yeshu with Mary Magdalene and also with the proatitute that said prophet, god, messiah call him as you will, saved from being stoned. If such is the case them the belt will depict the woman with the bleeding and not Mary Magdalene, thus establishing the connection of the symbol with meat rural blood.

Jennifer February 1, 2014 at 2:46 am

Very interesting idea, there- that’s something artists of the time would have been familiar with, adds an interesting dimension!

Jane Hansen July 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm

The links to the related symbols seem to be broken.

Jennifer May 2, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Thanks, Jane- I have fixed it.

Djuan boyd December 26, 2009 at 12:56 pm

i have seen this symbols. but didn’t know it had ties with mary magdalen

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