Egyptian Gods: Naunet

Naunet is the one of the eight ancient deities of Ogdoad theology in Hermopolis. She is the consort of Nun and represented chaos and the primeval waters to which everything have sprouted from nothingness. Like her three sisters Kauket, Amaunet and Hauhet, she was represented as a woman with the head of a snake, mostly that of a cobra. Her name may also be spelled as Nunet.

Naunet is believed to be the goddess of the primordial abyss to the underworld. She guards the twelve veils of negation believed to be the flaws of the original creation. Access to these cracks would lead to the void that was Nun. She embodies the primal womb – where cycles of life, death and rebirth continues for all creatures and beings. She is depicted as the one who have freed all creations to pursue their individual life cycles making her “the Mother of all Mothers”. She is also believed to be the mother of the sun god together with the composite deity known as Nun-Ptah.

In Khumunu, she is believed to be the goddess who supported the mountains that helped support the sky where the sun god was born from the watery abyss.

Like all Ogdoad deities, she was assumed as the female form of her husband Nun. She is rarely mentioned as an individual deity outside her connection with Nun. Together they do not have a specific cult center yet they represented sacred lakes and underground streams that are known to be found in the country.