Cult Center: Memphis
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Sibling: Maahes
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Parents: Ptah and Sekhmet
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Nefertum is the god of beauty and blue lotus. Nefertum was originally a lotusflower at the creation of the world, who had arisen from the primal waters, in the Ennead cosmogeny. Nefertum represented both the first sunlight (also often associated with the shapes of a lion or a falcon god; sunlight was also supposed to shine forth from the double high feathers from the deity's head, a usual aspect of his iconography) and the delightful smell of the Egyptian blue lotusflower having arisen from the primal waters within an Egyptian blue water-lily (This flower is widely used in Egyptian art, religion and literature. In much of the literature about ancient Egypt, it is called the "(blue) lotus". Some of the titles of Nefertem were "He Who is Beautiful" and "Water-Lily of the ", and a version of the Book of the Dead says, "Rise like Nefertem from the blue water lily, to the nostrils of Ra(the creator and sungod), and come forth upon the horizon each day.