Hedjedet

Hedjedet (Hededet) was a scorpion goddess of Ancient Egypt who offered protection against scorpion and snake bites. Because of her skill against snakes, she was considered to be one of the deities who protected her father Ra from the dreaded serpent Apep in the underworld.

Hedjedet
Hedjedet

She was originally worshipped around Nekhen (second district of Upper Egypt). However, although she is referred to in the “Book of the Dead” (from the New Kingdom) she was largely absorbed by another local scorpion goddess, Serqet, and by the ever popular Isis.

The statuette on the right depicts Isis-Hedjedet with a Hathor emblem in front of her, two rearing cobras on each side of her and Bes and a winged scarab behind her.

Isis-Hedjedet
7th – 1st century BC
Bibliography
  • Wilkinson, Richard H. (2003) The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

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