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OTHER FORMS: Uto and Buto (Ancient Greek)
CONTRIBUTOR: Ora on 5/1/2014
Meaning & History
Means "green one; papyrus-colored one". From the Ancient Egyptian wadj
, which was the word for the color green, in reference to the color of papyrus, and et
, which indicated the name of a woman.
In Egyptian mythology she was originally the ancient local goddess of the city of Dep, which eventually came to be known as Per-Wadjet ("house of Wadjet"). She was said the be the patron and protector of Egypt, formerly just of Lower Egypt. As a patron goddess she was associated with the land and thus frequently depicted as a woman with a snake's head, typically an Egyptian cobra, or a woman with two snakes' heads, or a snake with a woman's head. Because of her association with Lower Egypt she is sometimes also depicted as the sun disk, uraeus, which was the emblem on the crown of Lower Egypt.