In Ancient Egypt Geb was a god of the earth and one of the Ennead of Heliopolis.
His grandfather was Atum, his father was Shu (the god of air) and his mother was Tefnut (the goddess of moisture).
Osiris, Isis, Seth and Nephthys were the children of Geb and his sister-wife Nut (the goddess of the sky).
Geb is usually represented in the form of a man who who wears either the white crown to which is added the Atef crown, or a goose.
The Goose was his sacred animal and symbal.
As the god of earth, the earth formed his body and was called the "house of Geb," just as the air was called the "house of Shu," and the heaven the "house of Ra,"
Hence,. he was also often portrayed laying on his side on the earth, and was sometimes even painted green, with plants springing from his body.
Earthquakes were believed to be the laughter of Geb...
Geb is frequently described as father of snakes (one of the names for snake was s3-t3 - 'son of the earth' and in a Coffin Texts-spell Geb was described as father of the snake Nehebkau, while his mother was in that case Neith) and therefore depicted sometimes as such.
Geb could also be regarded as personified fertile earth and barren desert, the latter containing the dead or setting them free from their tombs, metaphorically described as 'Geb opening his jaws', or imprisoning those there not worthy to go to the fertile North-Eastern heavenly Field of Reeds.
In the latter case, one of his otherworldly attributes was an ominous jackal-headed stave (called wsr.t) rising from the ground unto which enemies could be bound...
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