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Origin of the name NUT.
Etymology of the name NUT.
Meaning of the baby name NUT.


NUT.  A name of the firmament adored as a goddess in the Egyptian Ritual of the Dead.  Like Hathor and Neith this goddess personified the celestial space, but more especially the vault of heaven, under the form of a woman bending down and touching the earth with her hands.  She was also called the mother of the gods, and of the stars also, being often represented as having them in her womb, or giving birth to them.  She was also often sculptured or painted on the underside of the lids of the sarcophagi, as protecting the mummy of the deceased.  On the sarcophagus of A-ero-ai in the Amhurst (formerly Lee) Collection, she is represented as a woman, blue in flesh, extended over a man, also blue in colour, who is rising up towards her, while his body falls to the ground, the body being painted red or flesh colour.  In the LIXth chapter of the Ritual of the Dead, her office was to sustain the soul of the deceased by pouring out the water of life, the goddess herself standing in the boughs of the sacred sycamore tree.  Nut must not be confounded with the deity Nun, the personification of the primordial waters of chaos, or with the goddesses Hathor, Neith, or Nephthys, although she fulfilled very much the same offices, and was also represented occasionally like them as cow-headed. (An Archaic Dictionary, Cooper, 1876).


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