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Khnum

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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

Name

Khnum

Nickname

K-Town, Lord of the Cataract

Sex

Male

Current city

I have houses (temples) across Egypt. My main mansions are in Esna and Aswan.

Work & Education

Occupation

Potter, shaper of mankind, god of water and the inundation 

Education

I took pottery classes with the gods.

Beliefs

Political views

I support Ra as king of the gods.

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

I've been a loner from birth, so I never knew my parents.

Siblings

Ditto for siblings.

Children

Sometimes, 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?

Friends

The pyramid-builders—we all like building stuff.

Enemies

The sun dries all the water up—it sucks.

Relationships

Relationship status

My 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 in

Goddesses. All of them.

Favorites

TV Shows

The 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.)

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

Books

Animal 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 

Music

Elephant 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 

Movies

The 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.)

Activities & Interests

Likes

Pottery classes
Pyramid schemes
Creative writing
Herding sheep
Water sports

Interests

Potamology (study of rivers)
Ceramics
Sheep psychology
Reproductive rights
Construction technologies

Groups

Shaun the Sheep 
Pottery Collector 
Construction Networking 
Egypt: Mystical, Magical, Multidimensional