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Carrie Hanscom

Title: 'Khepra' - or - '101 reasons not to braid snakes'... Okay, kidding aside, Khepra was one of the gods of ancient Egypt, associated with regeneration and rebirth, and the symbol of the scarab beetle. It was take too much space here to explain everything about Khepra (also spelled Khepri or Khepera), but there is a lot of stuff on the internet for anyone that wants to know more. I realize that in this picture the face looks rather feminin - I don't know, but it didn't want to come out right any other way. I also took the usual artistic liberties as with most of my pictures (meaning, an Ancient Egyptian probably wouldn't look at the picture and think - 'oh it's Khepra' -- hah, hardly). I just say that because recently I have been getting emails about how I don't have my creatures straight - I do, but it's not fun unless I make them more, well, *me*. No, the 'real' Khepra didn't have an unzippable head that was half-live half-scull, and as far as I know, there weren't any snakes or feathers of any sort either (I also shoved a bunch of other symbolic stuff into this one too, like the hourglass in the eye of the scull and the 'phoenix' in the other eye - there's more, but I'm running out of space, so...

Published More than a year ago

Category Mythology

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