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Atum (Tem) Sightings

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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.

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