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A Prose Passage On The God Chnum

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This chapter talks about the irregular papyrus scrap from an unknown work which preserves part of a discussion concerning God Chnum. The most coherent part of the text in its fragmentary state centers on a description of the god's physical appearance and attributes, in particular his ram's head and his typical posture seated, as creator deity, before a potter's wheel. The discussion also refers to the goddess Sothis. Chnum, noted for his role as a creator of humans, and even of major elements of the world, was worshipped from Pharaonic times especially at such places in Upper Egypt as Elephantine and Esna, although his cult spread into Nubia and as far north as Memphis.

Keywords: Egypt; God Chnum; Memphis; Nubia; Sothis



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