Source record No.Obelisk of Sesostris IMediumPhotographOrientationSideImage date2010CreatorDidia (David Schmid)Source notesObelisk of Sesostris I, 12th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom in Heliopolis
Source record No.Inv.-No. 14145MediumSteleMaterialLimestoneOrientationObverseImage dateUnknownSource notesA small stele, probably used as a home altar, depicts Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti with their three eldest daughters. Aten is represented as a sun-disc with the Sun’s rays ending in hands proffering Ankh signs to the royal couple. Amarna period, c1340 BCE. Courtesy the Neues Museum, Berlin
Also known as
"Lord of Heliopolis"ⲁⲧⲟⲩⲙ (Coptic)Atoum, Atem, Tem"The finisher""The complete one"
Parent belief system
EgyptianReligion · Polytheistic · 8 myths
The religion of ancient Egypt represents a cultural identity that lasted from ca. 3500 BCE to 300 CE, and included hundreds of myths, deities, and customs.
The world and men were created by Ptah, the Egyptian deity associated with creation (and sometimes craft). The deity envisioned his creation and made it into reality through the spoken word. He created the other major Egyptian deities who would rule in their respective areas.
Before the world began, eight deities called the Ogdoad (sometimes the 'Ennead') were separated into four men and four women. They lived in primedal water and rose out of the water to create what we know as land, the sun, and everything else we inhabit on Earth.
The first main Egyptian deities and the rest of the world were created by Atum (later known as Ra or Horus) out of water. Atum gave rise to Shu and Tefnet, who later birthed the deities that would make up the rest of the world, including Isis and Osiris. Isis and Osiris may have represented fertility and motherhood, which gave rise to humanity.
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