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Ancient Egyptian deities: The primeval gods Hah and Hauhet
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The primeval deities Hah and Hauhet


also Heh, Huh, Hehu
Nut propped up by Shu and eight Heh gods     In the Hermopolitan mythology Hah, HH.w (MdC transliteration HH), was the personification of infinity and eternity, cf. Ogdoad, and also a god of heavens. Eight Hah gods were portrayed supporting Nut in the shape of the cow of heaven.

Eight Hah gods and Shu propping up the celestial cow.
Shrine of Tutankhamen
L. E. Lipiello, 2004; Symbolic Perceptions of New Kingdom Watercraft: Building Boats from Gods, p.13

Hah     Hah is generally depicted in human shape at times with a frog's head, holding palm branches in both hands, with which time was measured by cutting notches into them. He is often shown in conjunction with the shen-ring, the symbol for eternity and the ankh-amulet, symbolizing life. Hah amulets symbolized eternal life:
Bringing the amulets of the West (?) [/////]: a Wedjat-eye of turquoise and a Heh (amulet) of faience. These are to be put on the right upper arm of the king.
Ceremonies in the praise of Horus, "who presents the patrimony", 6th century BCE [1]


    Hauhet, HH.wt (translit. HH.t or HHw.t) was a primeval goddess and the female consort of Hah, belonging to the Heliopolitan Ogdoad Like her consort she symbolized the formlessness of the primeval waters of Nun and the infinity of space.
[1] After the transliteration and German translation by F. Feder ed., on the Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae website, Altägyptisches Wörterbuch, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften => späte Ritualbücher => Tempelbibliotheken => Bibliothek eines Tempels im Delta (Heliopolis?) => Pap. Brooklyn 47.218.50 ("Confirmation du pouvoir royal au nouvel an") => 2. Die Zeremonien zum Lobpreis des Horus, "der das Erbe verleiht"

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