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Iaret, 1 Definition(s)

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Cobra (Iaret); The Cobra, also known as iaret, was the chief symbol for all of Lower Egypt (The vulture, "Nekhebet" was the symbol for Upper Egypt, see below). She was almost always depicted reared up with her hood spread out. Because she was called "The Fiery Eye of Re" (Ra...the Sun), it was a common occurrence to find Iaret on either side of a Sun depiction. The Cobra was heavily associated with the Afterlife, and it was believed two Cobras spitting fire guarded the gates of every hour of the Underworld.

Added: 16.Nov.2011 | Source: Egyptian Symbology: General
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