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Ptah

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The Ennead

Ra
Shu
Tefnut
Nut
Geb

Nephthys
Osiris
Isis
Set

The Ogdoad

Nu/Naunet
Amoun/Amaunet

Kuk/Kauket
Huh/Hauhet

Other Egyptian Gods

Anubis
Anuket
Apophis
Apis
Astarte
Aten
Bast
Bes
Hapi
Hathor
Horus
Harpocrates

Khepri
Khonsu
Khnum
Maat
Mentu
Neith
Nut
Ptah
Sebek
Sekhmet
Tahuti
Tawaret
Tum

In Egyptian mythology, Ptah ("creator") (or Tanen or Ta-tenen or Tathenen or Peteh) is a creator god and patron deity of Memphis, Egypt, as well as craftsmen. Unlike Seker, another crafts god, Ptah was associated with stone-based crafts. Apis was his oracle. Later, he was combined with Seker and Osiris to create Ptah-Seker-Osiris. As Tanen, Ptah was known as a chthonic deity.

He is married to Sekhmet or (more rarely) Bastet. His children included Nefertem, Mihos, and Imhotep . In some myths, he created Ra as well.

In art, he is portrayed as a mummified man with his hands holding a sceptre adorned with an ankh, was and djed (symbols of life, power and stability, respectively). Often he wore a skullcap.

In the Memphite mythology, he is considered to be the head of creators and the sole creator of the entire world and everything within. He is not created but simply is. He is also sometimes considered to be a personification of the primal matter.

The important role Ptah has played in history can really be undestood as we learn that "Egypt" is a Greek corruption of the phrase "Het-Ka-Ptah", or "House of the Spritit of Ptah".

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