Following the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt, Wadjet and Nekhbet were paired together to form the Two Ladies - the protectors of the united land of ancient Egypt. In Ancient Egyptian texts, the term 'Two Ladies' is a religious euphemism for Wadjet and Nekhbet. Additional facts and information about ancient Egypt, and its mysterious gods and goddesses, is also available via:
were the Two Ladies?
The combined powers and attributes of the Two Ladies produced highly effective protectors of the unified Egypt and the Two Ladies are prominent on one of the most iconic images of ancient Egypt - the 'Eye'. There are several names are applied to the 'eye' symbol: the Eye of Horus, the All-seeing Eye and the Eye of Ra. The 'Eye' was one of the most important and potent Egyptian Symbols representing royal power, protection and good health. In the following image the 'Eye' is guarded by the vulture goddess Nekhbet who wears the crown that represented Upper Egypt and the cobra goddess Wadjet who wears the crown that represented Lower Egypt.
The All-seeing Eye guarded by the Two Ladies
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Facts about the Two Ladies - Nekhbet and Wadjet
The Two Ladies: NekhbetNames: Nekhbet. Alternative Names: Nekhebit, Nekhebet, Nechbet
Roles: The function of Nekhbet is described as being the vulture goddess and protector of PharaohsStatus: Nekhbet had her own cult center at Buto. Wadjet as the cobra goddess of and Nekhbet the vulture goddess were referred to as the "Two Ladies"
Symbols: The Vulture, White Atef crown of Upper Egypt, the lotus and the round Shen ringCult Centers: Nekheb
Titles: The "Mother of Mothers, who hath existed from the Beginning", "Daughter of the sun", "White One of Nekhen" and one of "Two Ladies"Names in Hieroglyphics:
Translation of Hieroglyphics for Nekhbet: Papyrus stem, letter B (leg), and Nekhebet symbol of the vulture
The Two Ladies: WadjetNames: Wadjet. Alternative Names: Uto, Buto, Edjo
Roles: The function of Wadjet is described as being the cobra goddess and protector of PharaohsStatus: Wadjet had her own cult center at Buto. Wadjet as the cobra goddess of and Nekhbet the vulture goddess were referred to as the "Two Ladies"
Symbols: The Uraeus rearing cobra, the ankh, papyrus, the Red Crown (Deshret) of Lower EgyptCult Centers: Buto
Titles: The "Lady of Flame", "Creatrix of the World" and one of "Two Ladies"Names in Hieroglyphics:
Translation of Hieroglyphics for Wadjet: Papyrus symbols, cobra, bread (giver of food), egg symbolizing female and Wadjet symbol of rearing cobra
The Two ladies
The Unification of Ancient Egypt & the 'Two Ladies'
Red Crown (Deshret) of Lower
White Atef crown
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the Two Ladies in ancient Egyptian History
History, Mythology and Facts about Nekhbet
Fact 1: According to some myths Wadjet and Nekhbet were sisters
Fact 2: Nekhbet was paired with Wadjet and the goddesses were referred to as the 'Two Ladies' and represented the unification of the lands of ancient Egypt
Fact 3: Wadjet wears the Red Crown (Deshret) of Lower Egypt in the north of the country
Fact 3: Nekhbet wears the White Atef crown of Upper Egypt in the south of the country
Fact 4: Wadjet was the patron goddess of the Upper Egypt city of Buto
Fact 5: Nekhbet was the patron goddess of the Upper Egypt city of Nekheb (modern day El Kab), from which her name derives.
Fact 6: The symbols of Wadjet were the Uraeus rearing cobra, the ankh, papyrus and the Red Crown (Deshret) of Lower Egypt
Fact 7: The symbols of Nekhbet were the Vulture, the White Atef crown of Upper Egypt, the lotus and the round Shen ring
Fact 8: The Uraeus, the rearing cobra symbol of Wadjet represented the absolute power and authority of the gods and the Egyptian monarchy
Fact 9: One of the symbols of Nekhbet was the Lotus or water lily which symbolized the sun, of creation, rebirth, regeneration & represented Upper Egypt.
Fact 10: The Egyptian Vulture associated with Nekhbet was also called the White Scavenger Vulture, which was white, with black feathers in the wings. The ancient Egyptians viewed vultures as being excellent models of motherhood.