Next time you have a hearty bowl of cereal or a venti latté from Starbucks, give thanks to Hesat, an ancient Egyptian goddess said to provide humanity with milk (aka “the beer of Hesat.”)
Taking the form of a psychedelic cow with a sun disc between her horns, Hesat was called “the creator of all nourishment” and considered to be the earthly manifestation of Hathor, another cosmic cow god. The wife of Ra and the mother of Anubis, Hesat’s milk brought all the boys to the yard (the yard being Heliopolis, and the boys being worshippers.)
In ancient Egypt, Hesat was seen as the wet-nurse of the other gods, a patron of pregnant women and nursing mothers. Legend has it that Hesat’s milk tastes so good, the cows want it back.