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Tefnut is a daughter of the solar god Ra-Atum. Married to her brother, Shu, she is mother of Nut, the sky and Geb, the earth. Tefnut's grandchildren were Osiris, Isis, Set and Nephthys. She was also a great grandmother of Horus. Alongside her father, brother, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild, she is a member of the Ennead of Heliopolis. She is a goddess of moisture, moist air, dew and rain in Ancient Egyptian religion. She is a leonine deity, and appears as human with a lioness…

Tefnut is a daughter of the solar god Ra-Atum. Married to her brother, Shu, she is mother of Nut, the sky and Geb, the earth. Tefnut's grandchildren were Osiris, Isis, Set and Nephthys. She was also a great grandmother of Horus. Alongside her father, brother, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild, she is a member of the Ennead of Heliopolis. She is a goddess of moisture, moist air, dew and rain in Ancient Egyptian religion. She is a leonine deity, and appears as human with a lioness…

Aten was the sun-disk, the body in which the essence of the divine being was made visible. He rose to prominence in the reign of Amenhotep IV, who thought of himself as the embodiment of Aten. The king changed his  name from Amenhotep ('Amun-is-satisfied') to  Akhenaten ('Glorified-Spirit-of-the-Aten'), and   designed an iconography in which Aten was depicted as a sun-disk with rays ending in hands.    Akhenaten and his wife, Nefertiti, created a new city, Amarna (Horizon-of-Aten).

Aten was the sun-disk, the body in which the essence of the divine being was made visible. He rose to prominence in the reign of Amenhotep IV, who thought of himself as the embodiment of Aten. The king changed his name from Amenhotep ('Amun-is-satisfied') to Akhenaten ('Glorified-Spirit-of-the-Aten'), and designed an iconography in which Aten was depicted as a sun-disk with rays ending in hands. Akhenaten and his wife, Nefertiti, created a new city, Amarna (Horizon-of-Aten).

The royal family of Amarna: Amenhotep IV, Nefertiti and children.

The royal family of Amarna: Amenhotep IV, Nefertiti and children.

An official named Nakht wanted to make sure he'd have something nice to drink in the great beyond. His tomb paintings include scenes of harvesting grapes and pressing the fruit by foot to make wine, which was stored in tall ceramic jars with handles. Photograph by Kenneth Garrett.

An official named Nakht wanted to make sure he'd have something nice to drink in the great beyond. His tomb paintings include scenes of harvesting grapes and pressing the fruit by foot to make wine, which was stored in tall ceramic jars with handles. Photograph by Kenneth Garrett.

The cobra deity Wadjet, Mistress of Lower Egypt, tail coiled in an infinity pattern, head rearing, on a woven Neb reed basket. Neb means 'Master', Nebet, 'Mistress'. The bowl-shaped basket rests on Djed pillars. 19th dynasty, reign of Rameses II. Tomb of Nefertari, the Great Royal Wife of King Rameses II. Valley Of The Queens, Thebes, Egypt.

The cobra deity Wadjet, Mistress of Lower Egypt, tail coiled in an infinity pattern, head rearing, on a woven Neb reed basket. Neb means 'Master', Nebet, 'Mistress'. The bowl-shaped basket rests on Djed pillars. 19th dynasty, reign of Rameses II. Tomb of Nefertari, the Great Royal Wife of King Rameses II. Valley Of The Queens, Thebes, Egypt.

Cow carcass on pueblo fence near Santa Fe, NM.

Cow carcass on pueblo fence near Santa Fe, NM.

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