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Khnum

Khnum

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Khnum

Khnum's the master craftsman of ancient Egypt. With his amazing skills at pottery that allowed him to create humankind from clay, the entire human race loves him. He's an unusual fellow—he's got a ram's head, after all—but he's a loving and loyal member of the Egyptian pantheon. As a builder and a water god, he can be found all over Egypt, hanging out with everyone from pyramid builders to sailors.

Basic Information

NameKhnum
NicknameK-Town, Lord of the Cataract
SexMale
Current cityI have houses (temples) across Egypt. My main mansions are in Esna and Aswan.

Work & Education

OccupationPotter, shaper of mankind, god of water and the inundation 
EducationI took pottery classes with the gods.

Beliefs

Political viewsI support Ra as king of the gods.

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

ParentsI've been a loner from birth, so I never knew my parents.
SiblingsDitto for siblings.
ChildrenSometimes, people say the sun god Ra is my son with my wife Neith, but how could one goddess have given birth to the entire sun?
FriendsThe pyramid-builders—we all like building stuff.
EnemiesThe sun dries all the water up—it sucks.

Relationships

Relationship statusMy wife depends on where I'm worshipped. At Esna, my boo is Neith; elsewhere, my spouse is Heqat. At Aswan, I'm associated with two lovely ladies—Satis and Anukis.
Interested inGoddesses. All of them.

Favorites

Quotations"I thought clay must feel happy in the good potter's hand."
– Janet Fitch, White Oleander

"I was like, 'I want to sail down the Nile, I want to see the temples, the tombs and the pyramids. I want to be moved, I want to see something I've never seen before.' And it turned out to be the best choice that I've ever made."
– Alicia Keys

"In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself."
– Albert Einstein

"There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments."
– Chris Rock
BooksAnimal Farm by George Orwell 
(I wasn't a huge fan of the sheep in this book.)
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell 
(I'm lucky the islands in the Nile are more populated than this one.)
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving  
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain 
(I bet this frog came from the Nile.)
The Prince by Machiavelli 
(I think each pharaoh reminds me of Mach's prince.)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling 
(I love his name. I'm his cousin "Khnum Potter.")
All My Sons by Arthur Miller 
(I give health to each newborn child I craft. I can't say Joe Keller did the best for his kids, like I did.)
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen 
(I don't mind it when elephants take a drink from the Nile while I'm working.)
Persuasion by Jane Austen 
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway 
MusicElephant Gun by Beirut 
(I never used one of these on the elephants in the Nile.)
Welcome to the Jungle by Guns 'n' Roses 
Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper 
(The females I craft on my wheel always wanna dance.)
Losing My Religion by R.E.M. 
(The Egyptians had better not lose their religion—or else I'm out of a temple.)
9 to 5 by Dolly Parton 
(I work 40-hour weeks doing my job.)
(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding 
(I like sitting at docks on the Nile.)
Waist Deep in the Big Muddy by Pete Seeger 
(I know this feeling. Every day.)
Crazy by Patsy Cline 
MoviesThe Mummy 
(I can tell you firsthand that this movie is accurate.)
Black Sheep 
(I hope this never happens to me… either my ram half or human half.)
The River 
Ghost 
(I love the pottery scene. Although, come on, who doesn't?)
Creation 
(I don't agree with Darwin on creation… I created humans.)
Death on the Nile 
Clay Pigeons 
(I prefer to make people, not pigeons, out of clay.)
Fertile Ground 
(The Nile's pretty fertile ground for creation.)
TV ShowsThe New Normal 
(As a god of fertility, I helped them get the right surrogate mom.)
Out of Egypt 
(Why would anyone want to leave Egypt?)
Shaun the Sheep 
(This is my little cousin.)

Activities & Interests

LikesPottery classes
Pyramid schemes
Creative writing
Herding sheep
Water sports
ActivitiesHelping Ra get across the sky in his solar boat
Watching the Nile flood
Mudslinging
Meeting new goddesses
Rolling in the dirt
InterestsPotamology (study of rivers)
Ceramics
Sheep psychology
Reproductive rights
Construction technologies
GroupsShaun the Sheep 
Pottery Collector 
Construction Networking 
Egypt: Mystical, Magical, Multidimensional 

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