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The Uraeus

The Uraeus

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The Uraeus (plural Uraei or Uraeuses) is a stylized upright cobra (or snake /serpent), used as a symbol of sovereignty, royalty, deity and divine authority inancient Egypt. Uraeus is a Greek word that may have its origins in ancientEgyptian, meaning
"she who rears up".
The Uraeus originated from the goddess Wadjet, who was seen as a cobra. She became the patron of the Delta, Lower Egypt, and so was worn by the Pharaohsas a head ornament, in effect part of the crown, as a claim over the land. Thereis evidence for this even in the Old Kingdom (3rd millennium BCE). The pharaoh was seen as a manifestation of the sun-god Re, and so it was also believed that the Uraeus protected the Pharaohs by spitting fire on their enemies. In some mythological works, the 'eyes' of Re are said to be Uraei.As the Uraeus was seen as a royal symbol, Horus and Set were also depictedwearing one.Another name for this is the term "Totaf" found also in the Bible.Golden Uraeus of Senusret IIIn 1920, the Qufti worker Hosni Ibrahim held in his hands the solid Gold,Golden Uraeus of Sesostris II, (after only a half-hour excavation). It had beendecided to make a (follow-up) complete clearance of the El-Lahun Pyramid'srooms, at Saqqara. The start in the rock-cut offering chamber, leading from thesepulchre, on the south, immediately revealed in the turnover of the 6 inches of debris, the Golden Uraeus, crown ornament.Prior to the 1922 find of Tutankhamun's tomb, this Golden Uraeus was the onlyornament ever known to be worn by a Pharaoh.The Golden Uraeus is of solid gold, 6.7 cm, black eyes of granite, a snake headof deep "ultramarine" lapis lazuli, the flared cobra hood of dark carnelianinlays, and also inlays of turquoise. For mounting on the Pharaoh's crown, twoloops in the rear-supporting tail of the cobra, provide the attach points. SeeReeves Ref, pg. 157 (1920). See Hagen Ref, pg. 202.Uraeus, as a hieroglyphBesides, the Uraeus being used as an ornament for "Statuary", or as anadornment on the pharaoh, it was also used for jewelry and in amulets.However another important usage is as the Hieroglyph.The simplest hieroglyph is the "Cobra" (the Uraeus), however there aresubcategories, referring to: goddess, priestess, the goddess Mehnit, shrine ogoddess (àter), goddess Isis, and lastly goddess: (Cobra (uraeus) at base of God(ntr).
The Rosetta Stone uses the plural of the last example, "3-god 'Flags' with Cobraat each base of flag ". The story of the Rosetta Stone has the Pharaoh (thePriests of the pharaoh), listing His reasons for being honored, and in return,"The Gods and Goddesses (plural)" reward Him. The last (2/3) of the RosettaStone relates how He will be honored, including erecting the Rosetta Stone, for all to read. Uraeus on buildings in hieroglyphsAnother example of the hieroglyph usage, is as adornments upon thehieroglyph for "shrine" itself, and also for 'buildings'.Reference: Budge, Sir E.A.Wallis.
 An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary
The human genetic experiment links with snake symbology, DNA,SumerianGodsand for some a feeling of connection with an alien race, reptilian or other.Symbolism of the snake:
 psychic energy, or the power of Nature; intuitive wisdom
the unconscious
new life, rejuvenation and healing
Rebirth - the snake sheds its skin and grows new skin; shedding the old,new growth. In ancient times snakes were associated with Goddess, rainand fertility symbolism.
sexual symbol, or a symbol of temptation - phallic symbolIn Eastern Europe during the time period of 6500 - 3500 BCE. Snake and BirdGoddesses were often combined into one figure, though not always. Both wereassociated with the Great Cosmic Egg, from which came forth the Universe.Symbols associated with these Goddesses were parallel or zigzag lines, dotted bands (like a snake's skin), meander shapes, and mazes. These symbols are alsoassociated with water and rain, making these deities ones which brought therains in times of drought. Such symbols appear on pottery more often in theareas where rain was scarce.

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