Ancient Egypt – Esna

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The ram god, Khnum, was thought of as responsible for the creation of mankind, which he made from the mud of the Nile on his potter’s wheel. The temple located at Esna is a tribute to him.

Khnum is a very ancient deity dating back to the Old Kingdom, and was closely associated with creation and the annual flooding of the Nile. He is typically represented in Egyptian art as a man with a ram’s head

Temple dedicated to Khnum, the ram god. Khnum allegedly fashioned mankind from the mud of the Nile on his potter’s wheel.

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Temple dedicated to Khnum, the ram god. Khnum allegedly fashioned mankind from the mud of the Nile on his potter’s wheel.

The temple is modern in comparison with the other temples and pyramids of Egypt, it was built about 200 BC on top of the foundations of an older temple dating from the 18th dynasty (the beginning of the New Kingdom near 1500 BC).

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Khnum was typically depicted as a man with the head of a ram.

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