The Goddess Nekhbet
is an early Egyptian goddess/protectress of Upper (southern) Egypt and
especially of it's rulers. She and her counterpart Wadjet, the Cobra
Goddess of Lower Egypt, represented the union of the two lands. Nekhbet
is a Mother Goddess, as well as a Goddess of the sun and moon. She is
also a goddess of fertility and a protectress of children and childbirth.
She was said to be present at the birth of gods and kings, and was known
as the guardian of infant kings.
Nekhbet was often
depicted as a women with the head or headdress of a vulture and wearing
a white crown, or as a vulture with her wings outspread, holding a symbol
of eternity in her talons and hovering over the Pharaoh. She was called
the mother of the king. Nekhbet was associated with the Egyptian Goddesses
Hathor, Heset and Mut, and was said to be the wife of Hapi, the God
of the Nile. The Greeks identified her with Eiliethyia, a Goddess of
childbirth and protectress of children.
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