Atum from the Nun

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Atum from the Nun

In the land of ‘Kemet’ the soil was rich and food was plentiful. No, No, they did-not have dams or supermarkets. They had the river Nile and its very fertile lands where they could grow food. The river was their lifeline. They prayed to, played with, respected and was afraid of this mighty river.

The people in the Land of Kemet believed that in the beginning, the entire universe was made of nothing but water. Turbulent, chaotic dark water. They called it Nun. For them, the entire universe was a vast- vast ocean.

One fine day, a mound of land rose from the depths of Nun.. it became a hill and was called Ben-Ben. In this hill bloomed a Lotus flower in which there was the first God Atum. Atum would dry the water further and more land was revealed from under the turbulent waters.

Atum coughed and spat out the God of Air called as Shu and the God of Moisture called as Tefnut. So now the universe had Atum, Shu and Tefnut apart from Nun. In time, Shu and Tefnut gave birth to 2 children.

The God of the Earth called ‘Geb’ and the Goddess of the Sky called ‘Nut’ were born from Shu and Tefnut! Shu was very strong and he lifted Nut up to make a canopy over Geb. Nut and Geb went on to have four children, who in turn went on to create the world as we know it. The King of Earth, the Queen of Earth, The King of Underworld, The Godess of the Dead were all born from Nut and Geb.

The people in the Land of Kemet believes that, all that we see around us came from Nun and will go to back to Nun in the end. Imagine that!

(This Tale has been edited to adapt to the taste of early readers)

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