Before the Zep Tepi, there was nothing else but Nut. The Netjeret of the Void was alone, and Her infinite black body was not yet tattooed with stars. Everything which now exists was still one with Her, and since there was nothing else with which She could be compared, everything was nothing. All was Nut, and Nut was all.
But then a powerful hunger awoke within the body of the Netjeret, a craving for existence rather than nothingness. So powerful was this force that it grew and grew within Nut until it could no longer be contained. This new force then exploded out from Nut’s side, cleaving Her in twain and becoming the Red Netjer Suti. In this way, the Zep Tepi began not with the first dawn (as the priests of Atum claim in Iunu), but with the first storm.
One part of Nut descended and became Her brother Geb, upon whose body we now live; the other half remained above and became the sky. Suti was still attached to Nut by His navel string, but He soon cut this with His iron phallus. He then roamed the body of Geb, spreading desolation and dust wherever He went. But Suti’s navel string did not fade away; it became angry instead, and it attacked the Red Netjer. Thus did the evil thing become
Apep, the Backward Face, which seeks to return all of Nut’s children to Her womb and cause Her to miscarry.
Apep attacked Suti and castrated Him with its horrible teeth. The Red Netjer roared in pain, but He would not be defeated; He merely retrieved His iron phallus, forged it into a mighty Khepesh, and hacked the dragon of chaos into pieces. Yet did the dragon regenerate itself, with all of its pieces coming back together save one. That one remaining piece became the Netjeret Taurt, who fell in love with Suti and joined Him in battling Apep.
Taurt also restrained the destructive power of Suti by chaining His Khepesh to the navel of Nut. In this way did Taurt establish Ma’at and make it possible for life to develop upon the body of Geb. She and Suti then became the Great Hippopotamus and the Foreleg in the northern sky. Such is also how the Red Netjer was tamed to become the defender of our world. His war against
Apep will surely rage on for all time, and were it not for Suti’s grace, the dragon would swallow us all.
Some time later, Taurt made Herself pregnant and gave birth to Sebek, who appears as the Great Crocodile in heaven. Sebek descended to Geb and created Iteru, the first river; He then laid a gigantic egg in what is now Waset. When this egg hatched, the Netjeru of the Sun, Montu and Raet, came forth. Then, in what is now Gebtu, Montu and Raet brought forth Min and Aset. Together, these four Netjeru created all life upon the body of Geb. Finally, Min and Aset gave birth to Khentiu-Amentiu, who guides the dead to safety in Duat.
While the people of Waset may praise Montu as the Creator, and while those in Gebtu may do the same for Min, we here in Nubt know that Suti is the One who truly started it all. Furthermore, our humble little town is where Suti first stepped foot on Geb. He has blessed our people with the gold that we now mine from the hills, as well as with the desert that preserves our blessed dead. It is our sacred duty to offer food, drink and pottery to the Red Netjer at the House we have built for Him here; let those in other towns appease the other Netjeru.