Usage Egyptian Mythology
Other Forms FormsSerqet, Selkis, Selket, Selcis
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Contributor Contrib.Aquagal on 8/8/2007
Means "(she who) tightens the throat" or "(she who) causes the throat to breathe". In Egyptian mythology she was originally the deification of the scorpion, and became the goddess of healing poisonous stings and bites (hence her name). She is frequently depicted as a scorpion or a woman with a scorpion on her head. As scorpions were a very real and dangerous threat in ancient Egypt, she was taken as a patron goddess by many pharaohs, with some early kings coming to be known as "scorpion kings". Eventually she came to be identified with Isis, becoming an aspect of her over time.