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Geb
Nut geb1
Cult Center: None
Deity of: The Earth
Consort: Nut
Sibling: Nut
Symbol: Goose, Snake
Parents: Shu and Tefnut
Offspring: Isis, Osiris, Set, Nephthys
Geb, the god of Earth. Opposing all, Mother Natures from other mythology. The oldest representation in a fragmentary relief of the god was as an anthropomorphic being accompanied by his name, dating from king Djoser's reign, 3rd Dynasty, and was found in Heliopolis. In later times he could also be depicted as a ram, a bull or a crocodile. Frequently described mythologically as 'father' of snakes (e.g. in a Coffin Texts-spell Geb was described as father of the primeval snake Nehebkau, while his mother was in that case the goddess Neith) and depicted sometimes (partly) as such. In mythology he also often occurs as a primeval ruler/king of Egypt. Geb could be seen as earth containing the dead, or imprisoning those not worthy to go to the North-Eastern heavenly Field of Reeds.

In the Heliopolitan Ennead (a group of nine gods created in the beginning by the one god Atum), Geb is the husband of Nut, the sky or visible firmament, the son of the earlier primordial elements Tefnut ('orphaness', later also conceived of as moisture [e.g.: 'tef']) and Shu ('emptiness' or perhaps 'raiser'[namely of the firmament as air]), and the father to the four lesser gods of the system - Osiris, Set, Isis and Nephthys. In this context, Geb was said to have originally been engaged with Nut, and had to be separated from her by Shu, god of the air. Consequently, in mythological depictions Geb was shown as a 'man' reclining.

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