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The Goddess Mut And The Vulture

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The belief that the vulture represented femininity and motherhood, and the related ideas that there were only female vultures and that they were virgin born, without a male begetter, appears to come from Egypt. In an Egyptian Demotic papyrus from the second century CE, we can read the following words of the goddess Mut: "I am the noble vulture (nryt). The Egyptians use the vulture hieroglyph in the script to write the word for "womb" (mwt-rmt). It was worn by many goddesses, not only by Nekhbet or Mut. Goddesses and queens are exemplary and ideal women. A silver vulture headdress of a Nubian woman was found in the tomb of Hapidjefa of the First Intermediate Period. The vulture headdress represented not divinity or royalty as such, but the highest royal, and later nonroyal, motherhood and femininity.

Keywords: goddess Mut; vulture



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