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[Tidbits] The Vultures Nekhbet


Her name was Nekhbet and she came from the city of Nekheb and her
name actually means She of Nekhbet. This is not much unlike some of
today’s names. Benjamin–as a totally arbitrary choice of one–means.
when translated from the Hebrew … Son of My Right Hand. I find this
rather quaint. perhaps a bit salacious. and perhaps even a tad
futuristic in a prophetic sense. Curious about these things. Google
your own name and see what you get.

Nekhbet was depicted as a vulture. There is a debate out there
amongst those who like to debate these things. as to whether Nekhbet
was a Griffon Vulture or a Lappet-faced Vulture. We live in troubled
times and personally I don’t give a rat’s derriere which kind of
vulture it is. Griffon or Lappet-faced. it’s all equal to me.

Nekhbet was also referred to as the Mother of Mothers and The Great
White Cow of Nekheb as well as the Father of Fathers… both of whom
had existed from the Beginning and were the Creatrix of this world.
At another time perhaps. we might get together over a cup of double
espresso and a crumpet or two and discuss the reasoning behind this
schizoid identity.

As a quick aside. I want to reassure the doubters amongst you …
that ultimately this not only has to do with jewelry. but with
stunning jewelry to boot.

She was–at first–the protector of royal children and then…
subsequently. of all children and expectant mothers. Ah. Democracy
before the age of Democracy. Who out there thought we were originals?
She was also depicted as the divine wet-nurse to the pharaoh. Anyone
out there ever see a vulture with teats? Or even a vulture suckling a

She was–it has been said–the wife of Hapi as well as being
associated with Horus. I would venture here to say that when vultures
becomes goddesses monogamy takes a hike and varied partners become
the dishes-du-jour.

She was also a warrior vulture/goddess and in alliance with other
goddesses often offered the pharaoh protection in battle ever
threatening his enemies with defeat. She was also instrumental in
helping the pharaoh set other gods on their heels and take flight to
the hills in order to save their godly skins.

A quick word of friendly guidance, if I may. If you should ever see.
or even want. a vulture amulet as you are about to see … grab it.
Or have one made. Ain’t nuthin’ in this world to make your life
secure as a gold amulet of an Egyptian goddess in the form of a
vulture. As to where to have it made. oh I blush to even mention it.
No no. I can’t. You’ll have to guess.

In the meantime. the image I am about to show you is two Nekhbets
facing each other. representing the counterpart of the double Uraeus
(cobra) with whom she is allied.

So. you know the rest. The visit to the image. also known as the
viewing experience. You know where. Home page. Scroll down. Left side. [Tidbits]. Click.
And there for your sensory optic pleasure you will see an image of a
couple of gorgeous vultures. both called Nekhbet.

And there ya have it. That’s it for this week folks. Catch you all
next week. Benjamin Mark

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