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Androgynes

Androgynes  

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Androgynes (from the Greek andros, meaning “man,” and gune, meaning “woman”) are half male and half female. In mythology they can appear as hermaphrodites—usually with female breasts and male ...
Atum

Atum  

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[Di]Egyptian god, one of the great creator gods of Egypt. Main cult centre Heliopolis, but worshipped all over Egypt. Always represented in human form as a man leaning on a stick. An ancient god who ...
Aztec Creation

Aztec Creation  

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In this world‐parent separation myth, it is said that two gods, Quetzalcoatl (the Plumed Serpent) and Tezcatlipoca, pulled the earth goddess, Coatlicue (Lady of the Serpent Skirt), down from the ...
creation

creation  

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The bringing into existence of the universe, especially when regarded as an act of God. Creationism is the term given to the belief that the universe and living organisms originate from specific acts ...
Egyptian deities

Egyptian deities  

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The Graeco‐Roman view of Egyptian religion is sharply fissured. Many writers of all periods, and probably most individuals, found in the Egyptians' worship of animals a polemical contrast to their ...
Ennead

Ennead  

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In the Egyptian mythology the Ennead (“the Nine”) is the name given to the pantheon of the great theological center Heliopolis. Out of the sun god Atum or Atum- Re ...
First man and woman

First man and woman  

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Many creation myths establish the existence of a first man—for instance, Pelasgus in Greece and Erlik in central Asia and First Man among the Papago of Native North America. More ...
Greek creation

Greek creation  

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The Greek story of creation—essentially the “official” creation myth of the Olympian religion—is most fully told by Hesiod in his Theogony. Hesiod tells us that in the beginning there was ...
Nephthys

Nephthys  

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[Di]Egyptian goddess, sister of Osiris, Isis, and Seth, wife also of Seth, and a member of the Heliopolitan Ennead. She, like Neith, Isis, and Selket, was a guardian goddess of the dead and watched ...
Nut

Nut  

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[Di]Egyptian goddess, a member of the Heliopolitan Ennead, daughter of Shut and Tefnut and wife of Geb, the earth god. She personified the vault of heaven, and representations show her as a woman ...
Separation of Heaven and Earth

Separation of Heaven and Earth  

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This separation is a basic motif of creation myths. It assumes that until there is differentiation there can, in fact, be no creation as we know it. The world parents—the ...
Shu

Shu  

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[Di]Egyptian god of the air, son of Atum. He and Tefnut were the first pair of the Heliopolitan Ennead. Shu was represented as a man with arms raised above his head holding up Nut, the sky goddess, ...

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