Mircea Eliade "From Primitives to Zen":
THE EGYPTIAN HIGH GOD IN THE AGE OF THE COFFIN TEXTS


('Coffin Texts,' 714)

The so-called 'Coffin Texts,' inscribed on the interior of coffins, belong to the middle kingdom (2250-1580 B.C.)

I was (the spirit in ?) The Primeval Waters,

he who had no companion when my name came into existence.

The most ancient form in which I came into existence was as a drowned one.

I was (also) he who came into existence as a circle,

he who was the dweller in his egg.

I was the one who began (everything), the dweller in the Primeval Waters.

First Hahu1 emerged from me

and then I began to move.

I created my limbs in my 'glory'

I was the maker of myself, in that I formed myself according to my desire and in accord with my heart.


1. Hahu, the wind which began the separation of the waters and raised the sky.


Translated by R.T. Rundle Clark, in his Myth and Symbol in Ancient Egypt (London 1959) p.74

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