Tefnut is an ancient Egyptian goddess of moisture, rain, and fertility. She is the daughter of the sun god Ra and is often depicted as a lioness or as a woman with the head of a lioness. Tefnut is a goddess of the Ennead, a group of nine deities in ancient Egyptian religion, who play a role in the creation of the world.
Tefnut’s name means “moisture” and “water” and her role in the mythology is closely associated with the concept of water and moisture in ancient Egypt. She was believed to be the goddess responsible for the rain and was the one who brought the flood of the Nile, which was essential to the fertility of the land and the survival of the people. Her association with fertility is evident in her name and her role in the mythology as the goddess of moisture, and the people would honor her by offering her gifts, such as statues and amulets.
Tefnut was also considered to be a goddess of the sky and the atmosphere, and was believed to be responsible for the creation of the clouds and the winds. She was often depicted with a lion head to symbolize her strength and power, and was associated with the sun god Ra and his power to bring light and warmth to the earth.
Tefnut was also associated with the creation of the world and the concept of duality in ancient Egyptian religion. She was believed to be the creator of the world along with her brother Shu and her sister Nut, who were considered to be the god of air and the goddess of the sky respectively. Together they created the first divine couple and the first gods and goddesses, and they were considered to be the parents of the Ennead.