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In the the tomb of Rameses VI (1151-1143 BCE) in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, the ceiling depicts Nut, the sky goddess.

The elongated body of Nut is shown at night and in daytime, as she regulates the light and the dark. By day, we can see the solar disk is red. The solar god sails in his barge along Nut's body until evening. Then Nut swallows the Sun, taking it with the stars through the hours of night. At dawn it appears anew as a winged scarab.

[Credit: Jim Zuckerman / Alamy Stock Photo] [Explanation: Dr Amanda-Alice Maravelia]


Mona Evans
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