It's pronounced "vvv"
- The hieroglyphic symbol is based on the horned viper, or the Cerastes cornutus.
- The horned viper is extremely poisonous.
- The serpent was both revered and feared in ancient Egypt.
- Archaeologists have found mummified horned vipers at Thebes.
- Before a horned viper strikes, it makes a rasping noise by rubbing its scales together that sounds like the letter "V" or "F". This may be why it was used for the "V" hieroglyphic symbol.
|Horned viper - See the horns?|
An ancient quote about the horned viper:There are also about Thebes sacred serpents, not at all harmful to men, which are small in size and have two horns growing from the top of the head: these they bury when they die in the temple of Zeus, for to this god they say that they are sacred.
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