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Geb

Thousands of years ago, Geb was worshipped at the city of Heliopolis in lower Egypt as the earth god. Geb was depicted as a bearded man with a goose on his head. He was the provider of crops and a healer. Egyptian people believed that Geb laughter caused earthquakes. It was feared that because Geb was an Earth god, he might imprison the dead, preventing others from having another life in the afterworld.

According to an Egyptian legend, Geb married his sister Nut, the sky goddess, without the permission of the powerful Sun god Re. Re was so angry at Nut and Geb that he forced their father Shu, the god of air, to separate them. That is why the Earth is divided from the sky. Moreover, Re prevented Nut from having children in any month of the year.

But, fortunately, Thoth the divine scribe decided to help her. Thus, he induced the Moon to play with him a game of draughts, where the prize was the Moon's light. Thoth won so much light that the Moon had to add five new days to the official calendar. Thus Nut and Geb could finally have four children: Osiris, Seth, Isis, Nephthys. Geb was identified by the ancient Greeks as the god Cronos.

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