mythology Kneph was originally the breath
of life, his name meaning soul-breath. Indeed,
according to Plutarch and Diodorus, Kneph
was identical with the Greek pneuma. Kneph
in this context was a spirit that breathed
life into things, giving them form.
Kneph eventually became considered to
be the creator god himself, in Elephantine,
although his identity was finally assimilated
into the more important god Amun.
In art, Kneph was depicted as a ram, the animal symbolic
of the ba, a major aspect of the Egyptian notion of the soul;
the Egyptian word for "ram" was "ba".
He was also depicted wearing a uraeus, symbolic of his authority,
as creator. In his hand he always bears the ankh, symbol of
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