Name in hieroglyphs |
Symbol | Scarab beetle |
Creator of the Universe
* Name: Atum
* Gender Male: Atum was a God
* Depiction / Description / Symbol: Atum was depicted with a solar, or sun, disk and a scarab beetle was his symbol. He was also sometimes depicted with the head of a falcon
* Jurisdiction: Atum was described as being God of Life, Reproduction and Virility
* The God Atum was later subsumed into the Sun God Ra and always depicted with a sun disk symbol
* Mythical Family or Relatives: Atum was believed to be the first of all the Gods, the Creator, who spat out the elements of moisture ( and became the Goddess Tefnut) and air (and became the God Shu).
The Egyptian the God Atum - Creation and Relatives
The early Egyptian priests evolved a creation myth, or Cosmogony, to explain how some of the Gods and Goddesses came into being. The early Egyptian priests then evolved a Family tree, the relatives of the main Egyptian Gods, like Atum, to explain how some of the Gods and Goddesses were related.
Information about the Egyptian God Atum
Atum was one of the Ennead, the collective name given to the nine original deities (Gods and Goddesses) of the cosmogony of Heliopolis (the birthplace of the Gods) in the creation myths and legends. The Egyptian God, Atum, was seen as the God of Life and Reproduction. The story of creation relates that the God Atum rising in the beginning from the primeval ocean called Nun to the first, conical-shaped, mound of earth. As Atum, the Lord of Creation, rose he spat out the elements of moisture (the Goddess Tefnut) and air (the God Shu). The twins Gods, Shu and Tefnut gave birth to the Earth God, Geb, and the Sky Goddess, Nut. The God and Goddess Geb and Nut had four children: Osiris, Isis, Seth and Nephthys. Incest was seen as an acceptable element in the lives of the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, retaining the sacred bloodline.
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