ancient Egyptian sky-goddess, one of the Ennead
of Heliopolos. She is the personification of the sky and
of the heavens, the daughter of Shu
was the barrier separating the forces of chaos from the
ordered cosmos in this world. The god Re
was said to enter her mouth after setting in the evening
and travel through her body during the night to be reborn
from her vulva each morning.
also swallows the stars and has them reborn later.
the death cult she plays a part in the resurrection of the
dead; she is portrayed on the inside of the lids of the
sarcophagi. The pharaoh was said to enter her body after
death, from which he would later be resurrected.
sky-goddess Nut was portrayed as a naked woman covered with
painted stars, held up by Shu. Thus she forms the firmament
above her husband Seb, the earth.
Her fingers and toes were believed to touch the four cardinal
points or directions.
principal sanctuary of Nut was at Heliopolis.
name of Nut in hieroglyphs: