National Geographic : 1977 Mar
"Hail to thee BIRDS and animals that lived along the Nile for all beasts" often came to embody the gods themselves. Horus the falcon was a sky god when this statue was created The stylized plumes and cobra are symbols of divinity. Eventually, Horus was joined with Re, a sun god, and became a mighty deity. The crocodile represents the earth god Geb in illustrated instructions (above) that aid Lady Heret Webkhet on her journey to the afterlife. Here she kneels to drink the waters of paradise. In the hieroglyphs she asks for food that had been placed on the offering table of Horus. The mongoose was himself a temple offering. The hippopotamus may have symbolized the struggle against Seth, god FALCON, GOLDWITH f evil. The hedgehog FALCON,GOLDWITH OBSIDIANEYES, was thought to exercise 35 CM (14 INCHES), 2250 B.C. magical power in the grave.