was the idea of heaven or sky (holding the stars), her most recognisable
form is that of a woman stretched over the earth - her feet are
on the eastern horizon, her hands on the western. Her body is
usually shown full of stars (sometimes she is wearing a dress
which is similarly full of stars).
The picture of her on
the left (from the 'Book of the Dead' belonging to Nestanebtashru)
shows her being supported by Shu (god of air and light), separating
Nut from Geb (the Earth god).
The Heliopolitan creation
places Nut as the wife of Geb (Earth god), and mother to five
children - Horus-the-Elder, Isis, Osiris, Nephthys and Seth (Nut
is also believed to be the mother to the Sun (although she was
the granddaughter of the Sun-god - Re) - each night she swallows
the sun - during the night it travels through her body ready
to for Nut to give birth to it each morning.
There are two variations
on the legends of Nut -
1 - Nut was separated
violently from her husband Geb by Shu.
2 - When Re wanted to
leave mankind, Nut left Geb and changed herself into the form
of a cow - the form in which her son Shu still supports her.
(This legend, is told in 'The Book
of the Celestial Cow')
Hathor and Nut sometimes
can interchange - Nut can sometimes also be seen as a Cow - and
as Hathor is also frequently seen as a cow goddess, she can sometimes
replace Nut while in this form as a sky goddess - in return Nut
takes Hathor's role as goddess of the Dead:
Goddess of the dead.
was Nut linked with the dead via her Hathor role, she is frequently
shown in both on the ceiling of tombs and the undersides of sarcophagi
bringing the dead closer with Nut and therefore closer to heaven.
- an example of the underside of a sarcophagus lid (this is from
the burial at Tanis of Psusennes I - more of this burial can be
seen HERE). When closed
the face of Nut would lie almost nose-to-nose to that of the