This quartet of Egyptian gods represented the earth (Geb), the sky (Nut) the air (Shu) and Tefnut represented water. Additional, interesting facts and information about ancient Egypt, and its mysterious gods and goddesses, is also available via:
Facts about Tefnut
Tefnut Profile & Fact File
Egyptian Name: Alternative names: Tefnet, Tefenet, Tphenis (Greek)
Role & Function: The function of Tefnut is described as being the lioness goddess of rain, water and moisture
Status: Tefnut was a member of the Ennead, the name given to the nine original, most important, Egyptian Gods and Goddesses of the cosmogony of Heliopolis (the birthplace of the Gods)
Symbols: Head of a lioness, ankh and 'was scepter'
Name of Consort: Shu, also her brother
Name of Father: Emerged from the moisture spat out by the Creator god, Atum
Names of Children: Geb, god of the earth and Nut, goddess of the sky
Tefnut in Egyptian Art
Tefnut in Egyptian Mythology - Twin Sister
of the god Shu
Picture of Tefnut and the Tree of Life
The Tree of Life
Tefnut in Egyptian Mythology
Mythology and Facts about Tefnut
Fact 1 about Tefnut: Tefnut, the lion headed goddess of water, is often depicted on the coffins of the deceased pouring drink from a pitcher, to sustain the souls journeying through the Underworld.
Fact 2 about Tefnut: She was also a god of the dead and connected with the supply of drink to the deceased. She is featured in depictions in the Book of the Dead
Fact 3 about Tefnut:
She was depicted as a lioness, or in human
form, with the head of a
Fact 4 about Tefnut: She could also be depicted as a snake coiled about a scepter.
Fact 5 about Tefnut: She was also known as the "Uraeus on the Head of all the Gods" and the "Lady of the Flame"
Fact 6 about Tefnut: According to ancient Egyptian mythology she argued with her father and left Egypt for Nubia. Only the god Thoth could persuade her to return
Fact 7 about Tefnut: Tefnut became a goddess of the Underworld (Duat) and presided as two of the 42 judges in the ceremony of justification in the Hall of the Two Truths
Fact 8 about Tefnut: According to ancient Egyptian mythology Shu and Tefnut laid the foundations of the house in which the deceased would dwell. The deceased drank from the water of Tefnut.
Tefnut, the lion goddess
Tefnut - The Temples at Leontopolis
"In Egypt, they worship lions, and there is
a city called after them. The lions have
temples and numerous spaces
The Lion gods worshipped at Leontopolis were mostly associated with the cults of the solar god Atum Ra or Ptah. The names of other gods worshipped at Leontopolis were Bastet, the famous cat goddess, Sekhmet, lioness of war, and Mihos (Maahes), the lion prince. Leontopolis was also associated with the Horus, who according to ancient Egyptian mythology changed himself into a lion.