Ptah Egyptian God of All Creation

Ptah Egyptian God of All Creation

Ptah Egyptian God, along with Nefertum and Sekhmet was one of the triad of Memphis. Once Memphis became the capital of Egypt, Ptah also became the ultimate creator. He is the one who made everything, including the gods of Hermopolis and the Ennead. He received the epithet “He who set all the gods in their places and gave all things the breath of life”.

People from all over Egypt worshipped him, but his primary cult centers were in Heliopolis and Memphis. Actually, he was so popular that some believe the name of Egypt itself derives from a Greek spelling of Ptah’s name.

Ptah Egyptian God of All Creation

Ptah Egyptian God is the one that made himself, the the “Self-Created One”, who made the universe either by wish or by wording. He was the patron of sculptors, painters, builders and carpenters. In addition to this, people think that the idea of a carpenter god came from him and that Christianity adopted it. As the Book of the Dead puts it, he was “a master architect, and framer of everything in the universe”.

However, note that some versions of the legend state that Ptah created the heavens and the earth while Khnum made the people and animals on his potter’s wheel. Again, we see the recurring theme of gods creating humans from clay.

Ptah Egyptian God of All Creation

Ptah was a great protector of Egypt. According to one myth, he saved the town of Pelusium from the Assyrian invaders. He told all of the vermin in the field to chew the bowstrings and shield handles of the enemy. This is how the enemy soldiers had to leave the battlefield because they had no more weapons.

He appears as a mummified man with unbound arms holding three staffs. One if the ank, representing life, one is the was, representing power and the other is the djed, representing stability. Statues of him often also include a copy of spells from The Book of the Dead. The origin of Ptah´s name is unclear, but some suggest that it’s the translation of sculptor, because of him being the god of creation.


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