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12/12/2019 11:49 am  

Vulture [and Virginity] Symbolism

The Egyptians’ careful observation and profound knowledge of the natural world enabled them to identify certain animals with specific qualities that could symbolize certain divine functions and principles in a particularly pure and striking fashion.

As such, certain animals were chosen as symbols for that particular aspect of divinity.

Various attributes are all related to the vultures. The specific attribute will be determined by its context.

1. The vulture represents the barrenness.

2. The vulture express the concept of the ‘Virgin Mother’ because the female vulture gets impregnated by exposing herself to the sperms carried by winds, and not through direct contact with males. The vulture is therefore a symbol of virgin birth—in other words, purity.

The most prominent example is that of The Virgin Mother Isis and her Child Horus—Madonna and the child.

3. The vulture represents Mut, the assimilative power, with all that implies.

4. The vulture is supposed to be particularly zealous in caring for its young.

This symbolic expression of deep spiritual understanding was presented, in the case of vulture, in two main forms and as a bird forming a headdress that appears as a part of the female’s head.

This form of depiction conveys the particular cosmic function of vultures in the human being.

The other form of vulture depiction is in a purely animal form, as we see here. This form of depiction conveys the particular cosmic function/attribute, in its purest form.

Vultures are depicted in many locations in Egyptian monuments; in particular, on the ceilings.

Women are depicted wearing a vulture headdress, indicating their spiritual purity.

The most prominent example is that of The Virgin Mother Isis and her Child Horus—Madonna and the child.

[Excerpt from Egyptian Divinities The All Who Are The ONE, second edition by Moustafa Gadalla]


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