Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
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Ennead is the name given to a set of nine gods in Ancient Egypt. The Great Ennead of On, called by the Greeks Heliopolis, contained the following deities: Atum, Shu and Tefnut, Geb and Nut, Ausar, Auset, Set, and Nebhet. These nine gods participated in the Myth of Creation when the sun god emerged from the primeval waters of nun. In the Ennead, it is Atum, the almighty, who sets the act of creation on its course and establishes the foundation of the cosmic universe. Clearly the Myth of Creation is not based on some notion of multiple gods who direct the creation. It is inescapable in that the Ennead is the work of Atum. All other energies, forces, spirits, and powers, celestial and terrestrial, ...