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A diagram of the basic model of the Nun, i.e. the flooded waters of the Nile, plus the water of the ocean, sowing the land mound rising out of the flood, either defined as the benben (phoenix), or having a benben stone at its tip, out of which the bennu is born, who carries the sun into the sky.

In Egyptian mythology, Nun (TR:214) (LH:20) (TL:234), hieroglyph: Nun hieroglyph 1.png , i.e. water wave symbol and three pots, symbolic of water "sound", aka “Nu” (Budge, 1904) or Nunu (Ashby, 1997), is the water god or god of the watery abyss, emptiness, or void at the beginning of creation, or mixture of these two; the god representation of the waters of the annual-flooded Nile.



An alternative hieroglyph for Nun is: Nun hieroglyph 2.png, i.e. three pots, above the sky symbol Sky symbol.png, aka Nut, plus three wave rows, above the "Nun alter platform"[1], plus god symbol (man seated).[2] The Nun might derived from the term "nen", meaning "inactivity" (Budge, 1904).

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The Nun and the Ogdoad are closely related, historically. The Ogdoad, said to be a "company of gods" (god family or paut) older than that of the the Ennead, of Heliopolis. Budge (1904) conjectures that the nine gods of the Ennead was formed via the following formula:

Ogdoad (8) + Atum (1) = Ennead (9)

Whatever the case, Nun either predated the Ogdoad, or he was part of the Ogdoad, then later became a singular god. Most likely, Nun predated the Ogdoad.


In 520BC, Pythagoras introduced the term nous (νόος) (NE:348), secret name: eighth or eight (ογδοας) (NE:348), which he defined as the "mind of god". This later became the "noosphere", aka "sphere of mind", concept, first employed in Pierre Teilhard, in his Cosmogenesis (1922), and later adopted by Vladimir Vernadsky, and others.

Derived terms

Words derived from Nun (or Nu), include: new, negative, nil, non, nope, no, naught, negligible, and names such as: Noah (Christianity), or Nuh (Islam), or MaNu (Hinduism).


The following are related quotes:

“Anatolius (De Decade, c.285) remarks that the Pythagoreans call the monad ‘nous’ and liken it to the one itself (to heni auten), the intelligible god (to noeto theo), the uncreated (to agenneto), beauty itself (autokalo), the good itself (autoagatho), and—among the virtues—the wisdom (phronesei) of the one.”
— Bruce MacLennan. (2019). “The Psychodynamics of Numbers” [3]

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  1. Note: seen in the lotus-birth depiction of Horus the Child as the morning sun; or seen as alter platform below the seated Osiris in the Judgment Hall.
  2. Anon. (2500BC). Unas Pyramid Texts. Publisher.
  3. MacLennan, Bruce. (2019). “The Psychodynamics of Numbers” (pdf), Sixteenth Annual Conference of the International Society for neoplatonic Studies.

External links

  • Nun – Hmolpedia 2020.
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