In an old town bakery a selfish father and his obnoxious daughter are busy making bread for the shop. One day, while the father is out, a mysterious good woman dressed in old rags, with dust on her cheeks walks into the shop and asks for some bread. The bakers daughter was not willing to give this old woman some bread for no money in return. After the old woman asks her again, the daughter then pulls of a tiny piece of dough and puts it into the oven, with a batch of other loafs to cook. When the daughter opens the oven, she see’s that the dough had risen so that it was the largest loaf in the oven. The daughter wasn’t going to give that to the old woman so she tore off an even smaller piece of dough and placed it in the oven under another batch of loafs. This then baked to an even bigger loaf that the first one, but still she did not give it to the old woman and instead tossed back her hair and put an even smaller piece of dough into the oven with a batch of fairy cakes. When the girl turned to see the loaf, it had risen so it was the biggest of all three. The daughter said why, who, who? but the woman but raised her stick and taps the daughter on the shoulder turning her into an owl. The daughter then fly’s out the shop hooting away, never to ask who is anybody again.


When thinking about how to tell the creation myth in one image I though about how the Egypt myths were very detailed in drawings and symbols when telling their stories. With this in mind I decided to follow the theme. Because their were so many characters and important parts in the myth, I realised that I had to do something that had a lot of detail in it but was simple in understanding it. Drawing each of the gods and arranging them as they would have been created or their functions as gods then writing their names and functions on them gave the viewer an easier way to understand the myth. I also thought it gave the drawing a different story like approach which worked well.

Egyption Creation Myth – The Creation of the Gods

In the beginning their was only a swirling watery chaos called Nu. Out of these waters rose Atum, creating itself from its thoughts and force of its will. It was neither male or female and created a hill for there was nowhere to stand.
Atum was alone in the world and had one seeing eye that could roam the universe.
Joining with its shadow Atum created a son spitting him out and making him god of the air, and vomited out his daughter Tefnut who was made goddess of moisture and mist.
Carrying on the act of creation, Shu and Tefnut established a social order and were given the task of separating the chaos into principles of law, order and stability. The chaos was ordered into light and dark and this was called Maat which formed the principles of life and took the form of a feather, light and pure.
Shu and Tefnut then produced Nut the goddess of the sky and Geb the god of earth. At first they were tangled as one but Shu pushed Nut into the sky, arched over Geb as the earth. They longed to be together but to fulfil their functions as Maat, they had to be apart.
Nut produced rain for Geb, who made things grow on earth. As the sky Nut gave birth to the sun every night at dawn, which made its way across the earth during the day before dying at sunset.
Shu and Tefnut produced the other gods, Isis the queen of the gods, Hathor, the goddess of love and beauty, Osiris the god of wisdom and justice, Seth the god of evil, Thoth the god of wisdom and Nephthy’s the protectress of the dead.
Shu and Tefnut become lost in the watery chaos of Nu as the order of Maat was not fully separated. Atum with his one eye, sent it off around the universe in search of his children. In time Shu and Tefnut returned with the eye. Atum was so happy that he wept with tears of joy, and where these tears hit the earth the first men grew.