Primordial serpent who ensured the cohesion of all the forces of life (the ka) in creation.
A benevolent snake god who the Egyptians believed was one of the original primeval gods. He was linked to the sun god, swimming around in the primeval waters before creation. He was believed to be immortal and to reside in the Primordial Ocean, Nun.
After death, it was Nehebkau who protected and fed the pharaoh, offering food and water to the other justified dead. The drink was known as the 'Milk of Light',