|Deity of:||The Earth|
|Parents:||Shu and Tefnut|
|Offspring:||Isis, Osiris, Set, Nephthys|
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.