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The Elephantine Triad


Who: Khnum, Satis and Anuket

What: The Elephantine Triad who were the trio of deities primarily supported in the Aswan area of Egypt

Where: Chief home and place of worship was on Elephantine Island in Aswan

When: By the very latest as the 11th Dynasty: 2134-1191 BC

The God Khnum



 Who: Khnum was “Divine Potter” and “Lord of created things from himself”

What: The Upper Egyptian God who was the guardian of the Source of the River Nile and lived in the Caves under Abu Island – Elephantine Island

Deity of: The Source of the Nile and the creator of the bodies of human children which he made on a potter’s wheel from the clay which was brought to him on the Nile Flood Waters – he would them place the child in their mothers’ wombs

Symbol: The potter’s wheel

Other Consorts: Heqet, Mehet-Weret, Menhit, Nebtu, Neith and possibly Anuket

Offspring: Heka and Anuket

The Goddess Satis

Who: Satis was “She Who Pours”, “She who Shoots”, “Mistress of Elephantine” and “She Who Runs Like an Arrow“

What: Upper Egyptian Goddess who was a protective deity of Egypt’s southern border with Nubia

Deity of: The annual flooding of the Nile and serves as a war, hunting, and fertility goddess

Symbol: Hedjet crown; antelope; ankh; bow; arrow; flowing river; Sirius

Other consorts: Montu; Ra

Pictured as: A woman in a sheath dress wearing the Hedjet: she assimilated into an antelope

Notes: When she was a War Goddess: she killed the enemies of the Pharaoh with her sharp arrows

When she was a Fertility Goddess: she granted the wishes of those who looked for love


The Goddess Anuket

Who: Anuket was the “Clasper” or “Embracer“

Deity of: Goddess of the Cataracts of the River Nile and Lower Nubia

Symbols: Bow, arrows, gazelle and ostrich feather

Pictured as: A woman with a headdress of either reed or ostrich feathers: she assimilated into a gazelle

Notes: In the New Kingdom she had a river procession dedicated to her in the 1st Month of Shemu


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