Meretseger is a localized minor Egyptian chthonic goddess. At Thebes she acted in a benign or destructive manor against the workers as they built the tombs in theValley of the Kings. She is usually depicted as a coiled cobra that may possess a human heard and arm; one of the best representations is on the sarcophagus of Rameses III. She became unpopular with the discontinued use of the Thebes royal cemetery early in the first millennium BC. A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 163