The God Nefertem

In the ancient Egyptian mythology , Nefertem is the son of Ptah and Sekhmet . Some texts found in the Pyramid of Unas at Saqqara and some vignettes of the Book of the Dead negotiates that Nefertem had risen from the lotus to the nostrils of Ra and went forth from the horizon . In his usual depiction , he appears as a man wearing lotus blossoms permanently on his head and carrying an ankh . On some reliefs , he is pictured putting his feet on a lion or a lion-headed body .
Despite being the son of Ptah and Sekhmet , his actions were quite contradictory with his mother's: he was the god of fragrance who allowed only pleasant odors to ascend to the solar god during his daily passage through the sky . In addition to that some of the hymns highlight that he played an important role in the afterworld in purifying the dead people from their 42 sins .
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Overall view of the sarcophagus of Merenptah displayed in The Egyptian Museum



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