Khnum formed a triad with Anuket and Satis, and was possibly a Nubian god originally. The worship of Khnum dates to the earliest of times in Egypt, the Unas Pyramid Text indicates that his cult was already old when that ancient document was written. Called “the Great Potter,” Khnum was the creator of people. He sculpted them out of clay from the Nile, held them up so that Ra could shine his life-giving rays upon them, and then placed them in the womb. Originally a primal force deity of creation like Ptah, his role was later modified to fit him into the pantheon of the state religion.
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