October 20th, 2007 by sabrina

I just love some of the ways that myths explain the existence of the sun, the moon, and in this instance, the sky.¬† To me, it’s a comforting thought—that the Goddess is constantly with us, watching over us, surrounding us, and nourishing us with her presence.

Nut is the Egyptian Goddess of the sky. Her body arches over the world to form the sky, protecting the world from the chaos beyond, with her hands and feet placed at the four cardinal points. When she laughs, we hear thunder; when she cries, we feel the rain. Nut is also the mother of the sun and the stars—every day she gives birth to the sun, every night she gives birth to the stars. After their travels across the sky, she swallows them and they are rejuvenated in her body. This belief gives Nut rule over resurrection. Her image was often painted on the inside of coffins and sarcophagi, so that the deceased could enter her body and be reborn.

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