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PAPYRUS

THE SKY GODDESS NUT

Nut was a sky goddess, usually human, whose body the sun traveled at night to be reborn each morning. In the Heliopolitan doctrine of the ennead she was considered to be the daughter of Shu, sister/wife of Geb, and mother of Isis, Osiris, Seth, and Nephthys. Because she represented rebirth, scenes are commonly found on the ceilings of the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings that show Nut swallowing the sun, or Ra, at night and giving birth to him every morning.

 

 

Original comes from the Book of the Day, middle to conclusion; names and epithets of Rameses VI. Tomb of Rameses IV, KV 9, Valley of the Kings East Valley, Thebes West Bank, New Kingdom, Dynasty 20.

Heads of Two Nut Figures. Tomb of Rameses IX, KV 6, Valley of the Kings, Thebes.

 

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