Menhit was originally a Nubian war goddess in Kemetic mythology. Her name depicts a warrior status, as it means (she who) massacres.
Due to the aggressive attributes possessed by and hunting methods used by lionesses, most things connected to warfare in Kemet were depicted as leonine, and Menhit was no exception, being depicted as a lioness-goddess.
She also was believed to advance ahead of the Kemite armies and cut down their enemies with fiery arrows, similar to other war deities She was less known to the people as a crown goddess and was one of the goddesses who represented the protective uraeus on royal crowns.
In the 3rd Nome of Upper Kemet, particularly at Esna, Menhit was said to be the wife of Khnum and the mother of Heka.
She was also worshiped in Lower Kemet, where she was linked with the goddesses Wadjet and Neith.