Egyptian Wadjet

Interested in the Egyptian Wadjet? Read on to find out about the goddess titled the Egyptian Wadjet…

The term Wadjet, in a Egypt refers to the Green One and is spelt Udjo or Edjo in the Greek language when it pertains to mythology. This title was conferred on and ancient goddess who hailed from the city of Dep which later on was combined with the Egyptian city called Per-Wadjet. Consequently the House of Wadjet, and the Greek term for the same title Buto was the city of great significance in ancient Egypt during the Predynastic era. It spawned the Paleolithic age when culture was developed rapidly in this region.

Significance and Powers of the Egyptian Wadjet Goddess

The Egyptian Wajet was considered to have the power to protect Lower Egypt by combining it with other areas including the entire Upper Egypt region. She therefore became the patron and combined protector of entire Egypt while being considered the prime goddess for the upper region of the country.

Image Utilized To Signify Egyptian Wadjet

This goddess is depicted with the disk of Uranus also known as the sun disk and this image was reflected on all the crowns which were worn by the rulers in the Lower Egypt region. She was a terrestrial goddess and was often painted and symbolized by a snake headed woman or an Egyptian cobra which is commonly found in the country and considered to have very strong poison. The number of snakeheads on this goddess was sometimes two and at other times it was the form of a woman with a snake around her head.

The Oracle of the Egyptian Wadjet rested in the sacred temple in the city of Per-Wadjet of which she was considered to be the patron goddess. This city was named after her and was consistently dedicated to worshiping her as a renowned deity. Her oracle is considered to be the origin of transferring the tradition of having oracles from Egypt to Greece.

Festivals held to commemorate the Egyptian Wadjet

There are many annual festivals which denote special worship of the great Goddess called the Egyptian Wadjet. Her ‘going forth’ was celebrated in ancient Egypt by chanting and singing throughout 25 December. April 21st was the day which was utilized to commemorate the patron goddess in her local city. Other than this she was assigned special dates which were utilized in her worship and these included the summer solstice day as well as March 14.

Interestingly enough the Egyptian Wadjet was assigned another commemorative hour of worship on the fifth day of the rising moon which was the first hour of this moon rise.

The Hatshepsut Temple At Luxor

Since the Egyptian Wadjet was associated with the lioness warrior goddess titled Bast there was often an image of the sun goddess which turned into the eye of Ra the Supreme god, as well as the Lady of flame according to Egyptian mythology.

There is often an image utilized to show her eye and eventually her local city Per-Wadjet became home to a sanctuary for Horus who was considered to be the offspring of the sun deity and represented the pharaoh. This goddess went on to be associated with many other deities including Isis. She’s depicted in this temple as the Uranus Sun disc with the head coming through an eye and in another where she is followed by a Horus Hawk and has two crowns signifying united upper and Lower Egypt and represents the pharaoh whom she is supposed to protect.

 

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