was identified as the blessed
inundation of the
Nile, bringing yearly flooding and hence
to the land through widespread watering and new
over the fields by the generous river,
giver of Life and
by virtue of the cyclic rhythm, a manifestation of
and maintainer of the precious balance
of the Universe.
known as the 'Lord
of fishes and birds'
which also included the retinue of crocodiles and frogs. His
name means 'Running
reference to the flowing cycles of
in the heavens.
The Facet of the Nile
was portrayed as a swollen bellied man wearing a
and depicted with a papyrus over his head, his
was depicted as a pair of figures, each holding and tying
together the long stem of two plants
Lower Egypt and thus
binding the two halves of the