I am known by many names, but you may call me Wadjet. I was created, with my twin sister, Nekhbet, as the eyes of the sun god Ra and he sent us to find his children, who had become lost in the watery abyss that was full of chaos and evil. We were successful in our quest and on the return of his children, Ra cried with joy so that his tears fell to the ground, and became the people of the land called Egypt. To reward our achievement, Ra turned us into goddesses and we dwelt in the papyrus swamps that sat in the delta of the great river of life. Ra then joined the rest of the gods and took on human form, becoming Atum, creator of all life.
The people of Egypt, under the guidance of the Pharaohs, built the city of Memphis and erected temples to honour and worship the gods, who had created heaven and earth as well as night and day. The tombs of the Pharaohs, in the shape of vast pyramids, record their successes in life and, through the book of the dead, give instruction on how to join us in the afterlife. The emblem of this land, called the the lower kingdom, is the red crown, and it had my form, in the shape of coiled serpent, sitting at its front so that I can protect, not only the Pharaoh who wears it, but also all of the children of Egypt. When called on to appear before them I am a siren, dressed in a shimmering green and blue gown, and my beauty is is both dazzling and inspiring. However, for those who are the enemies of Egypt, I am a terrifying green scaled serpent that spits fire and venom.
My sister, Nekhbet, chooses to travel south along the river of life, to create a new Kingdom, where she also takes on the mantle of a beautiful young woman, as well as that of a white-headed vulture. She is a goddess that protects, not only the young of the pharaohs but also all the people she hides under her exotically coloured wings. To honour her, the Pharaohs of the land known as the Upper Kingdom, have placed her image at the front of the white crown, which is the symbol of their land.
Over the millennium, I watch the two kingdoms prosper and help them unite into one mighty land where the red and white crowns are combined. The old cities are abandoned and the Pharaohs build grand temples to honour all of the gods, at a place called Thebes. To help protect the New Kingdom, the gods create a war crown for the Pharaohs, which is made from blue leather and also carries my image at its front. When taken into battle, it radiates an unstoppable force against the enemies of Egypt.
For many years the leaders of Egypt successfully used the powers they are given and harmony exists throughout the land. However, today there is a new Pharaoh, called Amenhotep and he has decided to replace all the old gods with one new almighty deity, which he calls Aten. This frightens us and we call upon our father, Amun- Ra, for help. He sees that Amenhotep has a young and beautiful wife called Nefertiti. She is more considerate of the old gods and our traditional ways, so after much discussion we decide to give her the power to help restore the balance of life, trusting in her judgement and goodwill. To help her undertake this task we create a second blue crown for her to wear. Unlike Pharaoh’s, it is tall and elegant and is adorned with bands of coloured precious stones and has my image wrapped around its circumference. My head is at the front, raised in the striking position, with my deep red eyes facing forward, but, more importantly, the crown is infused with my life force.
However, I know that that this is not enough and Nefertiti will require extra help with her quest, so, in a special ceremony, I give her five of my offspring, in the form of five serpent pendants. Each holds the ability to ward off evil and give the wearer the means to call upon us for help. I also know that man may be disturbed by the forces of evil at any time in the future and that these forces can take on many different disguises, so, I give each of my children the ability to change shape, in order to meet the needs of the moment.
This is a powerful gift that will last far beyond the era of the Pharaohs, into the new age of man. Realising this, Atum-Ra insists on a further guard over the pendants and decrees that they can only be used by one person in every generation. This person will be blessed at birth by the gods, and will be known to all as, the chosen one.