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Urthekau

urthekau

And another who has been over looked and again,very little information.

Urthekau was the lion headed goddess who was also depicted as a snake with the head of a woman and dwelt in the state sanctuary. The goddess was dedicated to protect the dead against the evils in Duat. She often appeared in the form of a snake on funerary objects, particularly weapons. She also was depicted on ivory knives as a charm to protect pregnant and nursing mothers. She protected the sun god and acted as a wet nurse for the pharaohs. The pharaoh in part derived his right to rule from his mother, who would normally be the previous king´s Great Wife. As a result it was sometimes suggested that the queen became the goddess when she bore the next pharaoh. This myth was referred to by Hatshepsut, to help support the legitimacy of her rule.

The name Urthekau means "She who is rich in spells", leading some to believe that instead of being a distinct deity that she might have been a form of Isis. She is also associated with Wadjet and Sekhmet and the story of the "Eye of Ra".

She was the wife of Re-Horakhty and wore his symbol (the sun disc) on her head along with a cobra on her brow.

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Wosret

Wasret or Wosret, means "the powerful female one".

 

dual stela of pharaoh Hatshepsut

Rare image of Wosret, the figure to the right on a dual stele of pharaoh Hatshepsut (centre left) in the blue Khepresh crown offering oil to the deity Amun and her nephew who would become Thutmose III behind her in the hedjet white crown - Vatican Museum

Wosret, Wasret, or Wosyet meaning the powerful one was an Egyptian goddess with a cult centre at Thebes. She initially was a localised guardian deity, whose cult rose widely to prominence during the twelfth dynasty when three pharaohs were named as her sons, for example, Senwosret - the man (son) of Wosret, also spelled as Senusret. She was rarely depicted and no temples for her have been identified. In Greek she is Sesostris.

One example of a depiction of Wosret is on the stela shown above where she is the figure farthest to the right. She is wearing a tall crown with the Was scepter upon her head, which was related to her name, and carrying other weapons such as spears as well as a bow, arrows and an axe, symbolizing the military might of her city of Thebes. The Was scepter upon her head was a symbol of power and dominion thought to be derived from cattle herding cultures that arose in Egypt during 8,000 B.C. The staff may have depicted the penis bone of her son, the bull. Possibly she was the earliest consort of Amun at Karnak, preceding Mut. On the stele above Amun is depicted to the left.

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Middle Kingdom pharaohs of Theban origins take her name as an element in their own, such as Sen-Wosret, meaning "man belonging to Wosret".

The hieroglyph for the Was is was

This symbol also represents the Set-animal. Was scepters were carried by gods, pharaohs, and priests, as a symbol of power, and in later use, control over the force of chaos (Set). Was scepters are often depicted in paintings, drawings, and carvings of gods, and remnants of real Was scepters have been found constructedof faience or wood.

She later was superseded by Mut and became an aspect of Hathor. She also was identified with the protection of the deity Horus, Isis' son when he was young.

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