Sunday, July 19, 2015

Ptah

Image of Ptah from egiptologia.org

Ptah, the god of craftsmen and architects, was worshipped at Memphis. His symbols were architectural: plumb-line, level, transit and bricks.

Another creator god, Ptah (or Ptha) represented the sun as it rose above the horizon, and he also symbolized wisdom. He carved the bodies occupied by souls in the afterlife.

His words initiated the world, in a concept similar to the biblical idea "In the beginning was the word, and the word was God, and the word was with God."

In appearance he resembled a seated mummy. He was bearded and carried an ankh. His wife was the Lioness Sekhmet, and his adopted son was Imhotep, architect of the first pyramids.

His importance was such that the word Egypt derives from the words for Temple of Ptah.

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