Gods and Goddesses


Role: A creator god

Appearance: Ram or ram-headed man

Sacred animals: ram, goose

Center of worship: Elephantine

Relations with other gods: part of the Triad of Elephantine (husband to Satis, father to Anukis); in some parts of Egypt he was worshipped as the husband of Heket

At Elephantine, Khnum was worshipped as the guradian of the source of the Nile and was thought to bring about its yearly flooding. He was also a creator god who made infants and their souls out of clay on his potter's wheel, and then implanted them in each mother's womb. Khnum also assisted in the birthing process with Heket.

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