mythology, Tefnut is a goddess of water
and fertility, indeed her name means moist
waters (i.e. rain). She was created by Atum
(who later was thought to be the same as
Ra) from the semen
which resulted from his primordial act of
masturbation or autofellatio, or from his
mucus, a mythology that may be related to
the alternative translation of her name
- spat waters. With her brother, Shu,
she was the mother of Geb
In a myth describing the terrible weather disaster at the
end of the Old Kingdom (which was responsible for the end
of the Old Kingdom), it was said that Tefnut (moisture) and
Shu once argued, and she left Egypt.
The myth states that Shu quickly decided
he missed her, but she fled to Nubia (somewhere much more
temperate), and changed into a cat (symbolic of war), destroying
any man or god that approached. Thoth,
disguised, eventually succeeds in convincing her to return.
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