Gods and Goddesses


Role: Goddess of scorpions, healing and magic, and the West; protector of Qebhesenuf (the son of Horus who watched over the canopic jar containing the intestines)

Appearance: A woman with a scorpion on her head; a scorpion with the head of a woman; or just a scorpion.

Sacred animal: scorpion

Despite her connection to such nasty little creatures, this scorpion goddess is one of the good guys. In the legend of Osiris, Selket helped Isis hide young Horus from Set. Selket protected people from insect stings and snake bites. This power was demonstrated by the priests of her cult, who were reputed to be great healers.

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