Khnum was an historical Egyptian deity of fertility and water. First and foremost a craftsman, Khnum was believed to mildew the our bodies of youngsters and their ka (soul) on a potter’s wheel.

One of a number of ram gods of historical Egypt, Khnum was depicted as a human male with a ram’s head or, not often, as a ram, carrying a photo voltaic crown or disk. A water jug, the hieroglyphic signal for his identify, and which signified his affiliation with the nice flood was perched atop his horns.

Khnum constructed the ladder by which the lifeless kings ascended to the sky and the boat that took them across waterways within the netherworld. He additionally grew to become referred to as the creator of all dwelling creatures, particularly humankind.

Khnum grew to become related to a number of cities, specifically Esna and Elephantine. The latter was situated on an island the place caverns have been thought to be the supply of the annual flooding of the Nile, which was regulated by Khnum. Two goddesses, Satet (or Satis) and Anuket (or Anukis), disbursed cool water and have been worshipped with Khnum at this website.

Other divine consorts of Khnum included the frog goddess of childbirth, Heqat, the conflict and creator goddess, Neith, and an obscure lion goddess named Menhyt. In one story, Khnum performed the half of the goddesses’ baggage handler once they have been despatched to help within the births of three kings.