Nut is the goddess of the sky in the Ennead of ancient Kemetic belief. She was seen as a star-covered nude woman arching over the earth,or as a cow.
Being the sky The sun god Re entered her mouth after the sun set in the evening and was reborn from her vulva the next morning. She also swallowed and rebirthed the stars. She was a goddess of death, and her image is on the inside of most sarcophagi. The pharaoh entered her body after death to later resurrected.
Nut is the barrier separating the forces of chaos from the ordered cosmos in this world. Her fingers and toes were believed to touch the four cardinal points or directions.
She is the wife of Geb the Earth god. It is believed that Geb and Nut were born in a sexual embrace, and stay live this for many years. Finally Ra, who did not approve of their incest, ordered Shu to forcibly interposed himself between them, thus separating the Earth from Sky.. Finally Shu put his foot on the chest of his son and lifted his daughter high above thus creating the atmosphere where life on Earth lives.
Ra then placed a curse upon Nut, to keep her from giving birth to a child on any given day in any given year. But Nut was already pregnant with Geb’s children. She turned to Thoth who was the wised of them and he won an extra 5 days from the moon God Khonsu and she was able to give birth 5 times.
During the day, Nut and Geb are separated with Geb far beneth her sometimes ithphallyic, looking up at his sister-wife., but each evening Nut comes down to meet Geb and this causes darkness.
She was also described as a cow goddess, and Geb was described as the “Bull of Nut” in the Pyramid Texts. As a great, solar cow, she was thought to have carried Ra up into the heavens on her back, after he retired from his rule on the Earth.
Nut in this form represents the Great Kau (Cow), the Great Lady who created all that exists – the Cow whose udder gave forth the Milky Way. In the form of a great cow her eyes represent the sun and the moon. She is pictured as a giant sow, suckling many piglets. These piglets represented the stars,
As a goddess who gives birth to the son each day, she became connected with the underworld, resurrection and the tomb. She was seen as a friend to the dead, as a mother-like protector to those who journeyed through the land of the dead. She was often painted on the inside lid of the sarcophagus, protecting the dead until he or she, like Ra, could be reborn in their new life.
She was known by a variety of names that included Neuth, Nuit, and Nwt (which is pronounced New-Eat), and it was from those names that the modern English words, “night,” “nocturnal,” and “equinox,” and the French term “la nuit,” were derived.
As time passed, Nut’s influence grew extensively, and she became not only the personification of the day sky, but the Goddess of the whole Sky, as well. That also made Nut the Goddess of the Wind, and of everything else that fell between the place where the sun rose in the East, and where it finally made its descent in the West.