The Eye of Horus , also known as wadjet , wedjat    or udjat ,   is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power, and good health. The Eye of Horus is similar to the Eye of Ra , which belongs to a different god, Ra , but represents many of the same concepts. Funerary amulets were often made in the shape of the Eye of Horus. Ancient Egyptian and Middle-Eastern sailors would frequently paint the symbol on the bows of their vessels to ensure safe sea travel. Horus was the ancient Egyptian sky god who was usually depicted as a falcon , most likely a lanner or peregrine falcon. The eye symbol represents the marking around the eye of the falcon, including the " teardrop " marking sometimes found below the eye. The mirror image, or left eye, sometimes represented the moon and the god Djehuti Thoth. It was believed by the Greeks and Romans that an evil heart could get to the eye.
The Eye of Ra, a powerful symbol of ancient Egypt with a profound meaning
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Origin of the eye of Ra
The Eye of Ra or Eye of Re is a being in ancient Egyptian mythology that functions as a feminine counterpart to the sun god Ra and a violent force that subdues his enemies. The Eye is an extension of Ra's power, equated with the disk of the sun, but it also behaves as an independent entity, which can be personified by a wide variety of Egyptian goddesses , including Hathor , Sekhmet , Bastet , Wadjet , and Mut. The Eye goddess acts as mother, sibling, consort, and daughter of the sun god. She is his partner in the creative cycle in which he begets the renewed form of himself that is born at dawn. The Eye's violent aspect defends Ra against the agents of disorder that threaten his rule. This dangerous aspect of the Eye goddess is often represented by a lioness or by the uraeus , or cobra, a symbol of protection and royal authority. The Eye of Ra is similar to the Eye of Horus , which belongs to a different god, Horus , but represents many of the same concepts.
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