In The Desert Of Seth

By G. B. Marian

A Would-Be Ombite Creation Myth (Part 2)

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.

Eventually, 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.

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2 responses to “A Would-Be Ombite Creation Myth (Part 2)

  1. katakhanas May 15, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    First of all, what great posts–simply beautiful! Thank you!

    Ancient Egyptian cosmology–the multiple creation accounts–is something I’m going to be talking about when I give my “Kemetic Recon 101” talk next month. In my mind, the acceptance of a multiplicity of creation stories is akin to the Eastern sensibility of non-discursive thinking. By way of contrast, the Western legacy we’ve inherited since the time of the pre-Socratic philosophers is that we’re very accustomed to binary thinking, clear-cut opposites. A thing cannot be what it is and simultaneously what it is not. Our minds are shaped to think in terms of divisiveness, classification, naming things as EITHER/OR. In Far Eastern religions and philosophies, especially as reflected in Taoism, the attitude couldn’t be more different. The paradigm isn’t EITHER/OR because it accommodates a BOTH/AND mentality (just look at the Yin-Yang symbol as an example). Or, in the ancient Egyptian weltanschaaung, “these are all simultaneously true Creation stories because Creation is an ongoing event–It wasn’t a one-time occurrence–and all of these stories accurately represent the Heart (Ab) of the Mystery expressed.” This is why multiple Neteru can serve as Hosts of that Mystery. It’s too vast and Ineffable to be encapsulated in one mythos alone.

    I like knowing that Ombos was related to gold mining because that makes one of Suti’s epithets as the “Golden One” all the more traceable! I’m currently engrossed in reading H. Te Velde’s 1977 tome “Seth, God of Confusion: A Study of His Role in Egyptian Mythology and Religion” and the mention of Set’s own unique premature birth from Nut gets correlated, way along the historical timeline into Egypt’s late period (ie., post-Roman takeover) when the God’s cult is undergoing a major smear campaign, with the notion that He causes abortions and miscarriages–generally babies not being carried to term. As a childless-by-choice woman, I’ve found yet another reason (as if I needed any more) why I love this God!

    When I host my public Set devotional ritual next month, I’m going to distribute “Watermelon Smash” BuzzBallz (VERY tasty and potent; I’ve partaken of other equally yummy flavors as of last weekend; check out BuzzBallz dot com to learn more) to all present for our libation to Sutekh! Anek hrak, Suten heh! All praise to You, Lord of Eternity! 🙂

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    • G. B. Marian June 12, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      I totally agree. If there’s one thing Egyptian theology has taught me, it’s that Gods don’t like being pigeonholed as much as we might like Them to be. Sometimes I wonder if the thing that separates Gods from humans is that Gods are self-aware across infinite timelines and infinite versions of Themselves, all stemming from the original Zep Tepi. (This could have something to do with the idea that every God has multiple kas.) I expect that we exist across multiple universes as well, but unlike Gods, we aren’t aware of our other selves out there in the multiverse. (Perhaps some of us are aware of some of our other selves, but probably not all of them.) Of course, I wouldn’t dare postulate that this is the only thing that separates us from Them; but I often wonder if it isn’t just one part of who and what They are.

      I hope your “Watermelon Smash” goes well! I’m truly excited about your presentation and your public ritual at PSG. I hope everything goes just as you want it to, if not better! 🙂

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