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Eye of Ra
Egypt is a land of beautiful culture and countless myths. The Eye of Ra tattoo emerged from these myths, and this design has steadily gained immense popularity over the years. The Eye of Ra is an ancient Egyptian symbol which has intriguing stories associated with it. Some designs of the Eye of Ra tattoo are given below which might interest you.
Symbolism
There are countless myths and legends surrounding the Eye of Ra, but the symbolism of all the stories signify one thing - protection from evil. The design of this eye is used in amulets and jewelry, to offer protection to the wearer from negativity. This design is quite popular as it is considered to be a permanent form of protection. People who get this tattoo believe that the eye will always be watching over them and protecting them from negative energy, sickness, and evil things.
Body Placement
Eye of Ra tattoos are usually done on the back, nape of the neck and shoulder. Even though this design looks best in its simple form, people get it styled so that it looks more personalized and fashionable. The uniqueness of this design comes from the fact that no matter what size or color you choose for this tattoo, it looks amazing on any part of the body. The Eye of Ra is a design that stands out in a crowd and people admire it due to the significance and history behind this design.
The Eye of Ra - Myths
Ra was the first King of Egypt, the sun God and the creator of the universe. He had a falcon sun disk over his head which was surrounded by a serpent. There are several myths regarding the symbolism of the Eye of Ra. One myth says that Ra sent his eye in search of Shu and Tefnut (the children that he created) when they got lost in the Primeval Sea.
A myth says that the Eye was assigned to female deities like the goddesses Hathor, Sekhmet, Wadjet, Mut, Bastet, Nekhbet, and Tefnut. In its female form, the eye protected Ra from his enemies by delivering violence, sickness, destruction or even death to his foes.
One of the most popular myths told about the Eye is - when the humans in Ra's kingdom started to rebel against him, he sent his eye in the form of Hathor to punish his enemies. Hathor, being a peaceful deity, took the form of Sekhmet, who was the goddess of war and vengeance. Sekhmet became so vengeful when in the form of the eye, that she nearly wiped out the human race. To stop Sekhmet, Ra had to abdicate the throne, and was raised to the skies by Hathor where Ra became the sun.
Popular Designs
You could go in for a subtle design by playing around with the colors and adding rays or wings to it, making your tattoo of this eye a one-of-a-kind design. Take care of your tattoo and protect it from the sun (no pun intended) by applying a good sunscreen on it so that your tattoo does not fade or get damaged.