Study Guide

Atum (Tem)

  • Profile

    Rise and shine—it's the beginning of the world! Or it was when Atum, the creator of all life, first came to Egypt. You can find him in any number of forms—animal, human, or something in between—when he's hanging out at his chief temple in Heliopolis. He's tight with most of the gods, since they're his descendants, and loves looking out for those mighty pharaohs. This is definitely a guy you want on your side.

    Basic Information




    Tem, Big A, Tum-Tum, Lord of Heliopolis, Father of the King of Egypt, Sunman



    Current city

    My temple in Heliopolis, Egypt

    Work & Education


    I know it all—I created the world.


    I learned from the universe. NBD.


    Political views


    Family & Friends (& Enemies)


    None, I'm the first god!




    I impregnated myself to give birth to Shu and Tefnut


    The gods of Egypt; the Pharaoh


    Foreign invaders; Nekebu-Kau the snake; Apophis the bad serpent


    Relationship status

    Dating… myself

    Interested in



    TV Shows

    3rd Rock from the Sun

    The pharaoh and I are really close buds.
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    Downton Abbey

    I love Lady Mary.


    "So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself." – Alan Wilson Watts

    "I go wherever my creativity takes me." – Lil' Wayne

    "It's easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It's a lot more difficult to perform one." – Chuck Palahniuk

    "Judge by cause, not by effect." – Egyptian proverb


    The Little Prince
    I'm a pretty big prince, actually.
    All's Well that Ends Well
    The Help
    War Horse

    I prefer war lions, but this was still pretty good.
    A Game of Thrones

    Is winter coming? You can't tell in Egypt.
    To the Lighthouse
    Julius Caesar

    Caesar. Egypt. Baaad.
    The Old Man and the Sea
    Walk Two Moons

    If I walk for two moons, I'll just end up in the desert.


    Me, Myself, and I by De La Soul
    This is my favorite song. Ever.
    Ridin' Solo by Jason Derulo
    I don't have a girlfriend or a boyfriend… just me.
    Cry Me a River by Justin Timberlake
    That's the water I popped out of!
    Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone
    Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
    House of the Rising Sun by The Animals
    Juicy by Notorious B.I.G.
    What's Going On by Marvin Gaye


    Me, Myself, and Irene
    Who's this Irene?
    The Creator

    This guy stole my job!
    Self Love
    Magic Mike
    Fertile Ground
    Men in Black 3
    Gone with the Wind

    I still love romance…
    The Gods Must Be Crazy
    We are!

    Activities & Interests


    My divine descendants
    All life (which I created)
    Warm baths


    Herpetology (study of snakes)
    Fertility studies


    Creators World

    Sunsets and Nights
    I <3 Water

  • Spotter's Guide

    It can be kind of tough to spot Atum. As the creator god, he comes in many forms: man, scarab beetle, ape, eel, mongoose, bull, lizard, or lion. But once you track him down, you'll have a lovely time cruising along the Nile or strolling through the streets of Memphis with him. You might even get to meet the pharaoh, since Atum is one of the kings' patron gods.

    Sex: Male
    Age: Ageless
    Build: Muscular
    Complexion: Tan
    Hair Color: I sometimes wear a tripartite wig
    Facial Hair: Beard
    Scars/marks/tattoos: Sometimes, I have a ram's head
    Jewelry and accessories: Dual crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt
    Clothing: Egyptian garb—a kilt
    Armor: None
    Type of Weapon: A bow when I'm in ape form

    Typical Companions:

    Shu and Tefnut
    All the gods, really

    Known Hangouts:

    The divine waters I emerged from
    The desert

  • Sightings

    Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 21, 2019

    Utterance 215 of the Pyramid Texts

    In this Pyramid Text, King Unas flies up to the sky as a star. The narrator requests Atum to give him a huge hug and draw him up to Heaven. So cuddly!

    Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 21, 2019

    Spell 80 of the Coffin Texts

    In this text, Shu narrates all the awesome things his dad has done. Thing Number One: creating the world.

    Dec 21, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    The Book of the Dead

    Atum is called "Great One of the Waters," which references his watery beginnings. In another spell, the author actually claims he's as strong as Atum, but we kind of doubt it.

    Dec 21, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    Thutmose III Inscription

    The viceroy (governor) of Kush, in Nubia, proclaimed Thutmose III as a great pharaoh. How? By calling Thut a "son of Atum."

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    Hymn to Atum

    This hymn is all about creation. Recap: by, um, pleasuring himself, Atum spurted out creative juices into his mouth, then sneezed out Shu, the wind, and Tefnut, the rain.