The Vulture and the snake
The hypostyle hall of abu simbel features the nekbeth vulture on the ceilings. Its one of egypts oldest pre dynastic deities.
I wondered the relation of the vulture and snake to the later eagle and snake symbolism worldwide and believe those roots date from Egypt.
The cult of the vulture and horus the eagle merged as they where opposite cities on the nile.
Later this initial vulture became the symbol of the egyptian sundisk or sumerian eagle above the tree of life and the falcon Horus and later eagle, took the place of the vulture as skygod and representatation of the Pharao alone.
(white vulture) Nekheb Merged later with cult of Horus (nekhen)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nekhbet (white vulture) Nekhebit
El Kab and El Ahmar
In general, this area is called El Kab but it is really the two ancient cities of Nekheb El Kab on the east bank of the Nile River, nekheb and the older Nekhen, now known as Kom el Ahmar (the Red Mound) on the opposite bank.
Nekheb was the Greek city of Eileithyiapolis. (el Kab)
Nekhen, also called Kom el-Ahmar, which was the Greek city of Hieraconpolis (el Ahmar)
Both cities were religious centers that date from the pre-Dynastic period.
In some late texts of the Book of the Dead, Nekhbet is referred to as Father of Fathers, Mother of Mothers, who hath existed from the Beginning, and is Creatrix of this World. Nekhbet usually was depicted hovering, with her wings spread above the royal image, clutching a shen symbol (representing eternal encircling protection), frequently in her claws. As patron of the pharaoh, she was sometimes seen to be the mother of the divine aspect of the pharaoh, and it was in this capacity that she was Mother of Mothers, and the Great White Cow of Nekheb. (unteresting relation of BIRD and COW, like later Zeus) . Massey, Gerald (2001), Ancient Egypt: the Light of the World, Adamant Media Corporation, ISBN 1-60206-086-X
The priestesses of Nekhbet were called muu (mothers) and wore robes of Egyptian vulture feathers.
It could be possible that the vulture was Vega as a vulture (or close altair for eagle) and the snake DRACO, two succesive polestar constellations at the time of the Egyptians.
I propose as a theory that this very snake and bird motif might be carried on in many other cultures as later gods and then transormed in the sun symbol and solar disk and the basis for later snake (dragon/crocodile) and bird symbology seen all over the world. Besides a poleconstellation and the relations to the US seal, The bird constellations including Cygnus (zeus swan) , Lyra (vulture) and Aquila (eagle) where part of the summer triangle.
Post and research by Stijn van den Hoven