The cow goddess of Egypt, she was a fertility goddess, and attended at childbirth. She was regarded as the tutelary goddess of beauty, love and marriage. A legend relates how Re used Hathor to try to destroy mankind. Nervous and uncertain of his power, Re sent his Eye, in the form of the cow goddess, to destroy the impious. However, he was unwilling to watch fields of blood spread across the earth, and so he sent beer to flood the land, so that it resembled blood. Hathor, though, distracted by the sight, as well as her own reflection, forgot her grisly mission and instead became intoxicated. Thus mankind was saved.