Nut was the Egyptian sky goddess. She was depicted as a giant woman who was supporting the sky with her back. Her body was blue and covered by stars. Ancient documents describe how each evening, the Sun entered the mouth of Nut and passing through her body was born each morning out of her womb.
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Nut was the Egyptian sky goddess. She was depicted as a giant woman who was supporting the sky with her back. Her body was blue and covered by stars. The Sun was a child of Nut.
According to an Egyptian legend, Nut married the earth god Geb without the
permission of the powerful Sun god, Re. Re was so angry at Geb and Nut, he forced their father, the god of air to separate them. Moreover, Re stopped Nut from having children in any month of the year.
Fortunately, Thoth, the divine scribe, wanted to help her. He tricked the Moon into playing with a game 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 could finally have children.
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