Khnum – God of the Nile

Khnum - Egyptian God of the NileKhnum had a human body and the head of a ram with long curled horns.

He had a great temple dedicated to him in the south of Egypt, near Aswan, on the island of Elephantine.

Here sacred rams roamed freely and when they died they were buried around the temple in stone coffins.

In ancient times, the Nile rose and overflowed its banks every July, covering land on both sides with rich black mud.

The flood was called the ‘Inundation’ and because it was so vital for survival it had its own god called Khnum.

He made sure the ‘Inundation’ happened every year, so that the crops grew and people did not starve.

Related Gods
Wife – Satis
Stepdaughter – Anuket