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Egyptian Creator God

Also known as ATUM-RA, ATUM-RE, TEM, TEMU, TUM

A deity who took great pleasure in creating things

Egyptian Creator God who did it with himself, as in the phrase ‘The Hand of Atum.’

He was the first true God, arising from the OGDOAD’s waters of chaos disguised as a hill. As the original creator God, he made the world and everything in it by performing a certain self-pleasuring act. (Those of an innocent disposition can take this to mean he was chewing gum.)

Top twin Gods SHU and TEFNUT were formed from the resulting bodily fluids. He was later amalgamated with RA to form ATUM-RA but still likes to keep his hand in. We know who his followers are, but we’ll turn a blind eye.

ATUM is symbolized by the setting sun (is there an Egyptian God who isn’t associated with the sun?). Sunsets are his particular thing, and when the sun rises each day he becomes reborn as KHEPRI.


Name : ATUM
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ATUM-RA, ATUM-RE, TEM, TEMU, TUM
Location : Ancient Egypt
Gender : Male
Type : deity

In charge of : Creating
God of : Creation

Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Popularity index : 19243

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Article last updated on 29 April 2013 by the Godchecker Team.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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