Meretseger (Mert-, Mere-) "She who loves silence" was protector of the necropolis at Thebes.
She was a serpent with a wom- an's face or a woman with a face of a standing cobra or a single scorpion with a woman's head like the goddess Selkhet.
Sometimes she was a coiled co- bra and she stood at post on the high mountain overlooking the royal cemetery and had help from her local hippo colleague Tauret. Figurines of her were often put into tombs for protec- tion against grave robbers and she was also a judging goddess, fair to those who had been good and punishing them who had not.
She was also patroness of the workers who built the tombs she guarded and her name was writ- ten by a single hieroglyph - a picture of snake.
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