In Egyptian mythology,
"An ignorant man (I was), without my heart, who did not know good from evil. I was doing misdeeds against the Peak and she taught me a lesson...The peak strikes with the stroke of a savage lion. She is after him who offends her."
Merestseger takes pity on the man and "She turned to me in mercy, She
caused me to forget the sickness that has been upon me".
As a cobra, she spat venom at anyone who tried to vandalise or rob the
royal tombs. In art she was portrayed as either a coiled cobra, or as
a woman-headed cobra, or rarely as a triple headed cobra, where one
head was that of a cobra, one of a woman, and one of a vulture.
Her close association with the
Valley of the Kings
The pyramid-shaped mountain overlooking the Valley of the Kings
Stele representing the cobra-goddess (upper tier) and snakes (lower tier).
Ostracon showing goddess Meretseger
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Ancient Egyptian religion
Emanationism Isfet Maat Maa Kheru Mythology Numerology Paganism Pantheism Philosophy Polytheism Soul
Funerals Heku Mortuary temples Offering formula Temples Veneration of the dead
Amun Amunet Heh Hauhet Kek Kauket Nu Naunet
Atum Shu Tefnut Geb Nut Osiris Isis Set Nephthys
Aker Akhty Ammit Am-heh Anat Andjety Anhur Anput Anubis Anuket Apedemak Apep Apis Apt Aqen Arensnuphis Ash Astarte Aten Astennu Babi Banebdjedet Bastet Bat Bata Ba-Pef Bes Buchis Dedun Four sons of Horus
Duamutef Hapi Imset Qebehsenuef
Ha Hapi Hathor Hatmehit Hedetet Hedjhotep Heka Hemen Hemsut Heqet Hermanubis Hesat Horus Heryshaf Hu Iabet Iah Iat Ihy Imentet Imhotep Iunit Iusaaset Kebechet Khensit Khenti-Amentiu Khenti-kheti Khepri Kherty Khnum Khonsu Kothar-wa-Khasis Maahes Ma'at Mandulis Matit Medjed Mafdet Mehen Mehet-Weret Mehit Menhit Meret Meretseger Meskhenet Min Mnevis Montu Mut Nebethetepet Nebtuwi Nefertem Nehebkau Nehmetawy Neith Nemty Nekhbet Neper Pakhet Petbe Ptah Qebui Qetesh Ra Raet-Tawy Rem Renenutet Renpet Repyt Resheph Sah Satis Sekhmet Seker Serapis Serket Seshat Shai Shed Shesmetet Shezmu Sia Sobek Sopdet Sopdu Souls of Pe and Nekhen Tatenen Taweret Tayt Ta-Bitjet Tenenet Thoth
Tjenenyet Tutu Unut Wadjet Wadj-wer Weneg Wepset Wepwawet Werethekau Wosret
Aani Abtu Bennu Griffin Hieracosphinx Medjed Serpopard Sha Sphinx Uraeus
Dedi Djadjaemankh Rededjet Ubaoner
Neter-khertet Aaru Benben Duat Land of Manu The Indestructibles
Symbols and Objects
Books of Breathing
Atenism Gnosticism Hermeticism Kemetism Temple of Set