In The Desert Of Seth

By G. B. Marian

A Would-Be Ombite Creation Myth (Part 1)

I’m reposting this article (which is actually Part 1 of 2) because I’m interested to see what my Kemetic friends might think. (Other folks are welcome to share their thoughts too; but most other people probably aren’t going to care.) A link to Part 2 – which is the really important part – is included at the end of the post.

In The Desert Of Seth

People often don’t realize that there’s more than one Creation myth in ancient Egyptian mythology. Each priesthood developed its own beliefs about how the universe was made and who made it. Naturally, they each considered the Deities whom they were assigned to worship as supreme. For these reasons, the priesthood of Iunu or Heliopolis believed that Atum created the universe by ejaculating it from Himself, while the priesthood of Khmun or Hermopolis believed it all began with a convergence of eight primordial Deities. The priests of Mennefer or Memphis, in turn, were convinced that Ptah created the world by commanding it to exist, and the priests of Waset or Thebes claimed that Amun started it all. These – the Heliopolitan, Hermopolitan, Memphite and Theban cosmogonies – are the four most popular schools of thought when it comes to Egyptian theology.

It’s rather unfortunate, however, that most resources on Egypt…

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