Hathor's maternal nature stems in part from the myth The Contendings of Horus and Seth.In the story, Hathor found Horus after being blinded by his brother, Seth.
In other roles, she was a goddess of music, dance, foreign lands, and fertility. The cult of Hathor predates the historic period, and the roots of devotion to her are therefore difficult to trace.She was one of the most important and popular deities throughout the history of ancient Egypt.Hathor was worshipped by royalty and common people alike.Often, Ra was depicted as “The Great Cat”, a large cat which fought and killed one of the Sun God’s rivals, Apep.However, other texts suggest that gods closely associated with Ra, including Hathor herself, assumed this role.
Hathor's relationship with Ra is complicated - she is described as his mother, daughter, and wife (though not necessarily simultaneously,) and like Isis, is at times described as the mother of Horus. The cult of Osiris promised eternal life to those deemed morally worthy.