Wearing an Egyptian goddess costume allows you to wear an ornate outfit while also incorporating the symbols and imagery of Egypt's mythical past. With simple materials and a bit of inventiveness, an elaborate, one-of-kind costume will have fellow partygoers amazed.
Egyptian goddesses took on symbolic forms known as totems. Totems were often in the form of an animal, such as a cow, pig, scorpion, hippopotamus or lioness. When depicted, Egyptian goddesses commonly had either the head of the animal or a headdress with the totem incorporated.
Incorporate a common totem into your goddess costume, either as a mask or as a headpiece. Make a cow mask, for example, using paper mache and paint.
A litter is a carriage that was carried by men, and used long before the days of limousines. Throughout history, slaves and subjects have carried persons of royalty or divinity in litters, including in ancient Egypt.
Create a scaled-down litter that can be worn around your waist out of cardboard boxes. Assemble a platform on which you would theoretically be sitting. Cut a hole in the middle to fit around your waist. Cut out handles extending from each corner as well as slaves holding the platform up. Paint the litter, using acrylic or tempera paint. Clip suspenders or connect straps to the cardboard litter to go around your shoulders, making it easier to support.
Individual goddesses all had their own stories, or things that they controlled or looked after. For example Nut was the goddess of the sky, Isis was the goddess of fertility and Nephthys was associated with death and decay.
Incorporate the legend of a particular goddess into your costume. For example if you dress as Nut, use fabric for your costume that has images of stars or clouds. To dress as Nephthys, wear mostly black as well as jewellery made with bone and skull beads.
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