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Nun
Nu/Nenu
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"Abyss"
Nun
Period of
worship
PredynasticRoman Period
Cult center Hermopolis Magna
Titles "Father of the Gods"
Symbol(s) Water
Association Primordial watery abyss
Appearance Anthropoid, water, frog
Egyptian
equivalent(s)
Nunet
Spouse(s) Nunet

Nun is the primordial watery abyss in ancient Egyptian religion personified as a deity.

In the Heliopolitan cosmogony, Nun is perceived as transcendent at the point of creation alongside Atum the creator god of the Ennead.

In the Hermopolitan cosmogony, Nun is the one of the eight deities of the Ogdoad representing primordial chaos from which the Primeval Mound appeared. He is coupled with the goddess Nunet as his female counterpart and wife.

Iconography[]

Nun was usually depicted anthropomorphically, as a male figure with blue skin representing the primordial ocean.

Like the other deities of the Ogdoad, his male form (Nun) was often depicted as a frog, or a frog-headed human, and his female form (Nunet) as a snake or snake-headed human. The frog head symbolised fertility, creation, and regeneration, and was also possessed by the other Ogdoad males Heh, Kek and Amun.

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