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Anicent Egyptian God Nefertum

Nefertum was the “god of perfume,”  only thought of as a man with a pleasant blossom on his head. In ancient Egyptian history, he was shown as a beautiful young man who had arisen from primal waters and had an insightful smell of blue lotus flowers in all areas. In addition to being the god of perfume was also worshiped as the god of healing and was believed to be an aromatherapist.

The Beauty Of Nefertum


Nefertum was always depicted as extremely beautiful, with lily blossoms on his head beautifully decorated. His body may or may not be described as wrapped like a mummy. He was thought of as a human being emerging from the water lily.

God Atum

Nefertum was initially considered to be a significant aspect of the god Atum. This signified that he was a beautiful creation who took birth from the water lily and filled the surroundings with blossoms and fragrances. This was the primary reason why he was considered the god of perfume. Atum depicted the sun in ancient Egypt, so Nefertum described the sunrise. It was believed that when he was born, he cried, thinking that he was alone. Also, Nefertum was born with every sunrise and used to pass out during the sunset. This happened daily and was considered one complete life cycle of Nefertum. 

Nefertum, As The Sun God

Nefertum was seen as the sun god himself and the grandson of the sun god. He was not initially worshiped in temples but was a significant aspect of the sun god, who later was found to be the grandson of the sun god. For people in Egypt, he was their protector and their healer. People considered Nefertum to have a great power, constituting both

  • The power to destroy
  • The power to heal

Nefertum was the flower of fertility and rebirth because he used to be born anew with each sunrise and die each sunset, only to be reborn again the next day. Because of his dual power and the wonderful fragrance he depicted, he was thus the "god of perfume" and the "god of healing."

His Closeness With Blue Lotus

Nefertum was closely associated with the blue lotus flower, which means he was thought to bring ease to suffering. He was known as “the lotus blossom, which is before the nose of Re.” As time passed, Egyptians associated Nefertum with their other favorite flowers, including roses, geraniums, and cornflowers.

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