Naunet

Naunet (Nunet), is more obscure than her husband. She was thought to be a snake-headed woman who presided over the watery chaos with Nun. Her name was exactly the same as Nun’s, in hieroglyphs, but with the feminine ending for a goddess. In Hikuptah, she was imagined to be the mother of the sun god, as Nun was the father, combined with Ptah, creator god of the city.

The Egyptians of Khmunu believed that the world was surrounded by mountains that helped support the sky, but at their feet was Naunet. They imagined that Ra appeared from these mountains, being reborn daily from the watery abyss. Naunet was the feminine to Nun’s masculine, more of a representation of duality than an actual goddess, so she was even less of a deity than Nun, and more of an abstract. One day, it was believed that the waters of Nun would eventually inundate the whole world, and once again the universe would become the primordial waste of Nun’s chaotic waters.

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