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Ptah is portrayed as the creator god.
content : The memphite theology Kheper Home | Ancient egypt Main Page | Topics Index | New or Updated | Search The memphite theology illustration from egyptian Mysteries; p.10 (Thames & Hudson, Art and Imagination Series) The memphis theology is based around Ptah (equivalent to the Greek Hephaistos, the divine blacksmith), (shown above on the left), who himself becomes the primordial fire and gives it substance. This cosmological system was developed at memphis, when it became the capital city of the kings of egypt. Ptah is the creator-god of memphis, and during the long period the city served as the capital of egypt it was known as Het-ka-Ptah or "House of the Soul of Ptah". Ptah is one of several egyptian deities attributed with a myth about fashioning creation. Ptah, as the god Ta-tenen (the primordial mound), creates in the so-called "memphite theology" the world, its inhabitants, and the kas of the other gods. Reference is again made to the Ennead, this time with Ptah at its head. The whole memphite theology is preserved on a slab of basalt now exhibited in the egyptian Sculpture Gallery. It was composed at a very early date, and committed to stone during the Twenty-fifth Dynasty by the order of the Nubian king shabaka. The shabaka Text (c. 710 BC) which was intended to preserve "a work of the ancestors," this text is alternatively known as The memphite theology, and based upon the generative power of God's thought and speech. The shabaka Text is perhaps the earliest record of theistic creation in existence. Unfortunately, this shabaka Stone was subsequently used as a nether mill-stone and much of the text has been lost. The document known as the Bremner-Rhind Papyrus includes, among other religious texts, two monologues of the sun-god describing how he created all things. As with all the egyptian theologies, the memphite religion was also political, justifying the primary status of the new capital. Ptah, the principal god of memphis, had to be shown to be the great creator-god, and a new legend about creation was coined. But it was also important to organize the new cosmogony so that a direct breach with the priests of Heliopolis might be avoided. Ptah was the great creator-god, but eight other gods were held to be contained within him, including some of the Heliopolitan Ennead and the Hermopolitan Ogdoad. The Heliopolitan Atum held a central position, and the Hermopolitan...
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