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Hekha and Nekhakha

The hekha and nekhakha were two symbols of ancient Egypt that represented the power of kingship. The hekha (HqA) was a crook, which was an epithet of Osiris and meant “to rule”. The nekhakha (NkA) was a flail that represented the king’s oppressive authority over his people.

The hekha and nekhakha were sometimes shown together as a symbol of the union of Upper and Lower Egypt and the pharaoh’s sovereignty over the entire country. Additionally, the hekha and nekhakha were symbols of justice and truth and were believed to provide the pharaoh with divine protection.

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