The Principal Cult of Khnum

Clay
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The creator God who formed people from clay like a potter was one of the earliest known Egyptian deities, originally the God of the source of the Nile.

Since the annual flooding of the Nile brought with it silt and clay, and its water brought life to its surroundings, he was thought to be the creator of the bodies of human children, which he made at a potter’s wheel, from clay, and placed in their mothers’ wombs.

He later was described as having moulded the other deities, and he had the titles ‘Divine Potter’ and ‘Lord of created things from himself’.

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