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Ptah is one of Egypt's most ancient gods. Once he had a cult of his own where he was worshipped as the creator of the universe, but eventually, it became lost and he was turned into a son of Ra. Just like a dozen other gods or so.
Matt Wright

Ptah was a primordial demiurge-like deity from Egyptian mythology and "divine architect". He is a mortal avatar of the ancient primordial Nun.

Overview

He is the husband of Sekhmet and the father of Nefertem. He was also regarded as the father of the sage Imhotep.

Appearance

Like many deities of ancient Egypt he takes many forms. Sometimes represented as a dwarf, naked and deformed. Ptah is generally represented in the guise of a man with green skin, contained in a shroud sticking to the skin, wearing the divine beard, and holding a sceptre combining three powerful symbols of ancient Egyptian religion.

Personality

Powers and Abilities

History

Ptah is an Egyptian creator god who existed before all other things and, by his will, thought the world into existence. It was first conceived by Thought, and realized by the Word: Ptah conceives the world by the thought of his heart and gives life through the magic of his Word. That which Ptah commanded was created, with which the constituents of nature, fauna, and flora, are contained. He also plays a role in the preservation of the world and the permanence of the royal function.

Myths and Legends

In the Twenty-Fifth Dynasty, the Nubian pharaoh Shabaka would transcribe on a stela known as the Shabaka Stone, an old theological document found in the archives of the library of the temple of the god at Memphis. This document has been known as the Memphite Theology, and shows the god Ptah, the deity responsible for the creation of the universe by thought and by the word.

Ptah is the patron of craftsmanship, metalworking, carpenters, shipbuilders, and sculpture. Frequently associated with the god Bes, his worship then moved beyond the borders of Egypt and was exported throughout the eastern Mediterranean. Through dissemination by the Phoenicians, we find figures of Ptah in Carthage.

Epithets of Ptah

He bears many epithets that describe his role in ancient Egyptian religion and its importance in society at the time:

  • Ptah the beautiful face
  • Ptah lord of truth
  • Ptah master of justice
  • Ptah who listens to prayers
  • Ptah master of ceremonies
  • Ptah lord of eternity

Quotes

Before the universe there was me, before there was an I there was me, I existed before all.
Ptah.

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