Ancient Egyptian Mythology

The Gods of Ancient Egypt...


Egyptian Underworld God

Also known as Nebah-Ka, Nehebkhau, Nehebu-Kau

Picture of the Egyptian Underworld God Nehebkau from our Egyptian mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Guardian of the Underworld Gates

He is a Snake God with occasional scorpion tendencies. He’s used for fire insurance by those who believe snakes are immune to fire. He’s certainly fireproof as he travels with Sun God Ra through the Underworld each night.

His mother appears to be the Scorpion Goddess Serket, although rumors persist that he’s the son of Geb.

There are rumors that he may have been assigned to guard a book of spells written by Thoth. But that may well have been a completely different massive Underworld Serpent. All we know about big serpents is that they all look too big to us.

Nehebkau Facts and Figures

Name: Nehebkau
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Nebah-Ka, Nehebkhau, Nehebu-Kau

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: the Underworld
Area of expertise: Underworld

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 3459

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Article last revised on November 12, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

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