Egyptian Hermopolis is a Creation myth originating from the Egyptian belief system. The oldest attested artifact in our index that contains this myth was likely created around 2150 BCE. The main deity depicted in this myth is likely Atum. Others include Geb, Horus, Nephthys, Nut, Shu, and Tefnet.
In a nutshell
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.
"Utterances 571-574" is a 1952 English translation of Utterances 571-574 in the Egyptian Pyramid Texts by Samuel A.B. Mercer. Lines 1466a-1491c seem to detail a creation myth unique to the city of Hermopolis.
The Egyptian Hermopolis creation myth was an early creation story that lost popularity in Egypt shortly after it was written until the fourteenth century BCE. The myth highlights the role of eight important and primary deities as the creators of everything.
Texts related to this myth
See full texts of this myth via related artifacts. Where available, a translation is included.
The attested date for the myth named 'Egyptian Hermopolis' is derived from the oldest artifact we have: Coffin Text No. 76. The creation date for this artifact is a range because the exact date is unknown. We derived this from the source(s) listed below:
Lesko, Leonard H., trans. "Coffin Text Spell No. 76 / Utterance 301." In Religion in Ancient Egypt: Gods, Myths, and Personal Practice, 94-95, edited by Byron E. Shafer. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991.
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