Nut

Nut
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Nut: goddess of the sky

The personification of the sky, the goddess Nut was imagined by the ancient Egyptians to be a woman whose body stretched over the vault of the heavens, with her hands resting in the western horizon and her feet resting in the eastern horizon. As the sky goddess, she was closely identified with the sun’s cycle.

According to ancient Egyptian tradition, Nut swallowed the sun in her mouth in the west each evening and the sun god traveled through her body during the hours of the night until he she gave birth to him again the next morning. Due to her role in giving birth to the sun god each morning, for the ancient Egyptians she was a goddess of resurrection and she was often depicted on the inside of the lids of coffins. Thus, when the upper lid was placed on the coffin, her body stretched over the mummy in protection and the promise of rebirth.