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Ancient Egyptian Egyptian creation stories tell of several variations of how the world was composed According to one variation the ocean was the only thing in existence Then the sun Ra came out of an egg or a flower in some versions that appeared on the surface of the water Ra created four children They were the gods Shu and Geb and the goddesses Tefnut and Nut Shu and Tefnut became the air who stood on Geb the earth and held up Nut who became the sky Ra ruled over all It was not uncommon for siblings to have children in ancient Egypt and Geb and Nut had two sons Set and Osiris and two daughters Isis and Nephthys Osiris succeeded Ra as the king of the earth helped by Isis However Set hated his brother out of jealousy and killed him Isis embalmed Osiris body with the aid of the god Anubis who then became the god of embalming Isis then resurrected Osiris and he became the god of the afterlife and the land of the dead Horus the son of Osiris and Isis later defeated Set in an immense battle and became king of the earth Another version tells that Ra emerged from primeval waters From him came Shu the god of air and Tefnut the goddess of moisture From their union came Geb and Nut who held the same positions as the above version Yet another version tells that Ra became the god of the afterlife but was still supreme GODS The ancient Egyptian theology dealt with hundreds of deities These gods changed during the different dynasties and their importance depended on the views of the rulers of the kingdom The Egyptians worshipped their gods at temples and each was dedicated to a particular
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