She was seen as the Goddess protected the world from the darkness outside it and all the demonic creatures that dwelt within that darkness. She was the wife of her brother, Geb. Incest was seen as an acceptable element in the lives of the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, retaining the sacred bloodline. Nut was seen as a symbol of resurrection and rebirth as well as a friend and protector of the dead.
Description & Depiction of the Egyptian Goddess Nut - Part Human & Part Animal
The Egyptian Gods or Goddesses, such as Nut, were often depicted as being part human and part animal. In the description of the Egyptian Goddess Nut she was most frequently depicted with the body of a human and with with the head of an animal - a Cow. In the Ancient Egyptian religion certain animals were seen as sacred as they believed that the Spirit of a God resided in these animals, such as the Cow, which were revered and worshipped as reincarnated Gods during their lifetimes.
The Egyptian the Goddess Nut - 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 Nut, to explain how some of the Gods and Goddesses were related.
Temple of Nut
The Temples dedicated to Nut, the Goddess of Sky, were believed to be the dwelling place of this famous Egyptian God. Although no temples have been traced dedicated to Nut she was such an important Goddess that small temples might well have built in her honor. Only the Pharaoh and the Priests of Nut were allowed inside the temple and the priests would undergo ritual purification in a deep stone pool before they entered the Inner Sanctum of the Temple. This not only cleansed them but also gave them contact with the primeval moisture of life. Ordinary Egyptians were only allowed to come to the gates, or forecourt, of the temple of Nut to pay homage and offer gifts to the Goddess. The Priests of Nut would collect the gifts and say prayers on behalf of the person in the confines of the temple. The priests of Nut, the Goddess of Sky, would conduct ceremonies, sacrifices and chant magical incantations, sometimes referred to as spells. The temple of Nut would consist of heavy gates which accessed a massive hall with great stone columns, and then a series of many other rooms through which processions of priests would pass. These rooms, or chambers, were lit by candles and incense would be burnt to purify the air of the Temple. The chambers gradually decreased in size, the lighting in the temple was deliberately and significantly reduced to create an atmosphere of deepening mystery until the priests reached the chapel and the shrine which contained the Naos. The Naos was the stone tabernacle inside the shrine which housed the great Statue of Nut, the Goddess of Sky.
The Statue of Nut
The large statue of the Goddess Nut, the God of Sky was situated in the inner sanctum of the Egyptian temple. The statue of Nut would have been depicted with the body of a man / woman and the head of Cow. This sacred statue, in the dwelling place of the God, was the embodiment of Nut. Food and drink would be offered to the God. The High Priest of Nut, would conduct ceremonies and offer prayers and incantations but there was another important priest, called the Medjty, who was responsible for the toiletries. The statue of Nut would have been washed and oiled. The statue was then dressed in fine linen and eye make-up, powder and rouge was applied and sacred oil rubbed on the forehead of the statue. The statue of Nut, with its head of the Cow, was only seen by ordinary Egyptians at important festivals when the effigy was paraded in magnificent processions.
The Egyptian Goddess Nut
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