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A sky goddess, usually human but occasionally bovine in form, through whose body the sun traveled at night to be reborn each morning. In the Heliopolitan doctrine of the Ennead she was considered to be the daughter of Shu, sister/wife of Geb, and mother of Isis, Osiris, Seth, and Nephthys.

Because she represented rebirth, scenes are commonly found on the ceilings of the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings that show Nut swallowing the sun (Ra) at night and giving birth to him every morning.