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Rise like Nefertem from the blue water lily, to the nostrils of Ra, and come forth upon the horizon each day.
Book of the Dead

Nefertem was, in Egyptian mythology, originally a lotus flower at the creation of the world, who had arisen from the primal waters. Nefertem represented both the first sunlight and the delightful smell of the Egyptian blue lotus flower, having arisen from the primal waters within an Egyptian blue water-lily.


Some of the titles of Nefertem were "He Who is Beautiful" and "Water-Lily of the Sun". Nefertem was eventually seen as the son of the creator god Ptah and the goddess Sekhmet. The ancient Egyptians often carried small statuettes of him as good-luck charms.


Nefertem is usually depicted as a beautiful young man having blue water-lily flowers around his head.


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A beautiful thing, isn't he? He's the son of Ptah, the god of creation, so it isn't much of a surprise to that he's one of the most beautiful creatures in this pantheon. "Water-Lily of the Sun", I've heard he called that by gods and men alike. It fit him.