Most people think death when they see a vulture. Not so in ancient Egypt! Nekhbet, the vulture goddess of the Nile, protected Egypt's kings and their famous white crown. So, unless you were Pharaoh's enemy, about to be run down with his chariot…not so much vultures and death. (Hm. Maybe we need to rethink this?)
Nekhbet, Nekhebet, Nechbet, Eileithyia to the Greeks and Romans
First of the Two Ladies, Mother of Mothers, Great White Cow of Nekheb, Pharaoh's Protectress, Culture Vulture, Doc Buzzard, Eye of Ra (one of many goddesses with this title)
Nekheb (El Kab, Eileithyiaspolis)
Work & Education
I protect the crown of Egypt and the pharaoh who wears it
Egyptian Royal Academy
Monarchist (you had a doubt?)
Family & Friends (& Enemies)
Of course I had parents, but nobody knows who they were. Plus, ancient Egyptians thought all vultures were female and created themselves! Weird, huh?
None, though I adopt pharaohs from time to time
Wadjet (Buto), Ra, Sobek, Hapy (when we're not married)
"By what right, then, do royal rulers rule? Whose is the sanction of their state and pow'r?" —Ambrose Bierce "When vultures watching your civilization begin dropping dead, it is time to pause and wonder." —David Brower "I've dined with kings / I've been offered wings/ and I've never been too impressed" —Bob Dylan "My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy." —Shakespeare, Henry VI "In the past, people were born royal. Nowadays, royalty comes from what you do." —Gianni Versace
"Paparazzi" by Lady Gaga. It seems like people with cameras have taken my place, hovering over the rich and famous. Buzz off! "Down on the Street" by The Stooges. When I looked down, I saw Iggy Pop. He looks like a vulture. Adorable! I've been listening ever since. There's nothing at all by Tom Petty (with or without the Heartbreakers) that I can't sing from memory. I love his raspy voice. "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison. Would he sing about a brown-eyed vulture girl? "Vultures" by John Mayer. Why does everyone think vultures are so bad? "Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley. The only king for me, since 1935 CE. "Remember the Time" by Michael Jackson. Wait a minute. Is that Eddie Murphy, or Rameses? I'm confused. "That's What Friends Are For" from The Jungle Book. Everybody's got friends, even vultures!