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.
Atum Facts and Figures
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Atum-Ra, Atum-Re, Tem, Temu, Tum
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
In charge of: Creating
Area of expertise: Creation
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 2972
Cite this article
Here's the info you need to cite this page. Just copy the text in the box below.
Article last revised on August 21, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.