Nekhbet: Vulture, Snake

Nekhbet: Vulture, Snake
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Nekhbet: goddess of Upper Egypt (Vulture, Snake)

Nekhbet, the vulture goddess, was the patron deity of Upper Egypt (i.e. southern Egypt). Her origins extend into the earliest periods of ancient Egyptian culture, and very early on she is associated with her counterpart, the cobra goddess Wadjet, patron deity of Lower Egypt (i.e. northern Egypt). Together these two goddesses were known as theTwo Ladies and were closely associated with the kingship.

Nekhbet is most frequently represented as a vulture, often holding the circular shen (eternity) hieroglyph in her claws. As the patron deity of Upper Egypt, she was also considered to be the personification of the White Crown of Upper Egypt.