Khem is depicted as a human male, wearing a crown with two tall ostrich plumes, with the right hand raised behind his head holding a flail, the left hand hidden; and with a prominent erect phallus. He represents the power of generation, and was considered the god of the harvest and protector of crops. His sacred animal was a white bull. Khem was also the native name for Egypt, it means “black” and referred to the fertile, black soil of the Nile valley.

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Also known as Tehuti or Thoth. Egyptian lunar god of Wisdom, consort of Maat, patron of science, mathematics, history and literature, and Nome-god of Hermopolis (Khemennu, near present-day Mallawi).

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