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Serket /ˈsɜːrˌkɛt/ (also known as Serqet, Selket, Selqet, or Selcis) is the goddess of medicine, poison, and healing venomous bites and stings in Egyptian mythology. She is accosiated with the scorpion.

Scorpion stings lead to paralysis and Serket's name describes this, as it means "(she who) tightens the throat". Serket was seen as one who could cure scorpion stings and the effects of other venoms such as snakebite.

As the protector deity of the canopic jars and a protector, Serket gained a strong association with Isis and Nephthys, who also performed similar functions. Eventually, Serket began to be identified with Isis, sharing imagery and parentage.


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