Nut, Egyptian Goddess
and the 'Mother of All Gods'
Egyptian goddess Nut
was a sky goddess who was married to Re,
the creator god of the sun. The goddess Nut was widely known
for her spectacular beauty and incredible kindness.
Nut's loving and generous nature was
obviously extensive. It led into having affairs with Thoth, the god of divine words,
and Geb, the god of the earth.
When Re discovered the goddess Nut's infidelity, he was furious with
her. In his anger he pronounced a curse that Nut, who was
pregnant at the time, would not give birth in any month of any year!
and despairing that she would
never be a mother (not to mention that the endless pregnancy),
Nut turned to Thoth for
words of comfort.
What male can stand to see a woman cry?
Not Thoth. He quickly soothed her by promising to find a solution to
And this he
did! With his divine powers of persuasion, Thoth persuaded the Moon to
gamble with him.
were high. It was agreed that for each round that Thoth won, he
would be rewarded with a bit of the Moon's light.
continued for months on end, and, eventually, Thoth had managed to
win enough light to create five entire new days.
not a precious moment of those blessed days, giving birth to a different
child on each of the five days. Hence, Nut came to be called
the "Mother of the Gods".
First born was a son she named Osiris. He was the son of
Re and later became the god who was to rule all of the earth.
The Egyptian Goddess Isis, daughter of Thoth, was born
on the third day. Her father was Thoth.
Isis and Osiris loved each other deeply, even when they
were still in Nut's womb. The
myths of Isis and Osiris are among the most beautiful love stories
Ruling together as husband and wife they created the
first great nation of Western civilization during what was called the
"Golden Age of Egypt" (around 2,500 BCE).