What Is 5 Ptah?


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Ptah is a figure of ancient Egyptian mythology; the numeral "5" with his name refers to his place among the five major Egyptian gods. The others are Osiris, Amun, Isis and Ra. Ptah was known as the creator god and was believed to have existed before anything else.

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In Egyptian lore, Ptah conceptualized and created the world. Ptah is also considered to be the god of carpenters, sculpture, shipbuilding, metalworking and craftsmanship. Ptah is typically depicted as a man wrapped up like a mummy but gripping a staff. The staff features symbols for power and life. Ptah is sometimes shown wearing a crown and standing on a hieroglyph or depicted as a naked, deformed dwarf. The word "Egypt" comes from a Greek translation of the phrase ""house of the spirit of Ptah."

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