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Taweret, Moon Knight’s hippo Goddess, explained

Warning: big 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 in Episode 5 we see even more of the hippo figure. But if you’re still wondering what’s going on on Earth, here’s everything you need to know.

As Steven Grant of Oscar Isaac points out to Marc Spector, this hippopotamus god is none other than Taweret. In the previous episode, Ethan Hawke’s villain Arthur Harrow shot and killed Spector, and he woke up in a mental hospital. Although this all gets very confusing, in Chapter 5 we learn that Mark/Steven turns out to be in the afterlife of Egypt.

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

Who is Taweret in Egyptian mythology?

Taweret in Moon Knight

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Taweret is the Egyptian god of fertility and childbirth. As in the Moon Knight, he is depicted in the guise of a hippopotamus – but with the arms (and claws) of a lion and the tail and legs of a crocodile. The name Taweret means “The Supreme”, while she is part of the adjectives “Mistress of Heaven”, “Lady of Pure Water”, “Carrier of Water” and “Miss of the Horizon”.

In keeping with his fearsome appearance, the god was considered fierce, but he was the protector of women and children, and was especially important to pregnant women who wore their amulets to defend themselves and their children from harm. Taweret was believed to help during childbirth, and the annual Nile floods were also linked to it.

However, the god has a relationship with life as well as death: he used his powers to help the dead safely cross the dangerous western mountains to the afterlife.

Who plays Taweret in Moon Knight?

Moon Knight episode 4 by Oscar Isaac

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Antonia Salib plays Taweret in Moon Knight.

“It felt like such a collaborative process that was perfect for such a large organization,” he said. Variation. “From the moment I read the scenes during the audition and started working with director Mohammed Diab and the costume team, VFX, I felt like I was allowed to create my character and everyone was on board to work together, it was beautiful.”

Has Tawet ever been on Moon Knight?

taweret toys in Moon Knight

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Taweret made a brief appearance in Episode 1 of Moon Knight. In one scene, Steven tends to hippo-shaped toys at the gift shop. Do they look familiar?

Steven also corrects his boss when he calls them hippos and explains that they are the goddess Taweret – which in chapter 5 explains why he knows about the god.

Has Tawet ever appeared in Marvel comics?

Moon Knight Chapter 4 Tomb

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Unlike Khonshu and Ammit, Taweret never appeared in Marvel comics. This leaves his future in the MCU completely open.

What does Taweret mean for the MCU?

moon knight part 4

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Taweret explains to Marc and Steven that the mental hospital they are in is actually Duat, the afterlife of Egypt. They lift their hearts to counterbalance the feather of Maat (the god of truth and justice) and begin the journey to the field of reeds, which is essentially paradise. But the scales won’t balance, so the duo must delve into their pasts in hopes of making it through the journey safely.

God also agrees to lead them out of the Duat, but before they get there, the unstable spirits of the sands come to claim Marc and Steven because the scales are never balanced. This unfortunately traps Steven and upsets the internet, but Marc brings him to Field of Reeds.

Whether Taweret still has a role in the show remains to be seen, but he’s part of the god Ennead – and we saw some of those gods invoked through their avatars in Moon Knight Episode 3, but without Taweet. If Ennead returns in the Moon Knight finale, we can expect him to potentially make the roster.

It’s unclear at this time if Tawet will reappear in the MCU – but given the trend of crossovers and cameos in the Marvel Universe, we probably haven’t seen the end of him.


If you’re looking to step up Moon Knight, check out our Marvel Phase 4 guide to everything the MCU has to offer – and subscribe to Disney Plus here if you haven’t signed up yet.


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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?

(Image credit: Disney/Marvel)
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?

(Image credit: Disney/Marvel Entertainment)
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?

(Image credit: Disney/Marvel)
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?

(Image credit: Marvel)
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?

(Image credit: Disney/Marvel Entertainment)
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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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?

(Image credit: Disney/Marvel)
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?

(Image credit: Disney/Marvel Entertainment)
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?

(Image credit: Disney/Marvel)
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?

(Image credit: Marvel)
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?

(Image credit: Disney/Marvel Entertainment)
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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