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

    Name

    Atum

    Nickname

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

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    My temple in Heliopolis, Egypt

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    I know it all—I created the world.

    Education

    I learned from the universe. NBD.

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Pro-pantheon

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    None, I'm the first god!

    Siblings

    None

    Children

    I impregnated myself to give birth to Shu and Tefnut

    Friends

    The gods of Egypt; the Pharaoh

    Enemies

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

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Dating… myself

    Interested in

    Me!

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    3rd Rock from the Sun
    King

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

    I love Lady Mary.

    Quotations

    "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

    Books

    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.
    Moby-Dick
    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.

    Music

    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

    Movies

    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

    Likes

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

    Interests

    Creationism
    Sexology
    Astronomy
    Herpetology (study of snakes)
    Fertility studies

    Groups

    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:

      Pharaohs
      Shu and Tefnut
      All the gods, really

      Known Hangouts:

      Heliopolis
      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.