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NUT

The goddess Nut was the daughter of the air god Shu and the sister of the earth god Geb. She was thought of as the roof of the sky and was shown as a woman stretching her body out with her hands and feet touching the eastern and western horizons respectively. Geb is depicted as a man lying on the ground while she is shown stretched out over him. In between them, the god Shu sits holding up Nut with his arms in the way that the air was thought to hold up the sky. Because of her connection to the rebirth of the sun every morning, which was thought to travel through her body and be reborn, she was also associated with the religion concept of the resurrection of the deceased and her image often decorated the inner lids of coffins out of which the deceased would be reborn.

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