The God Tatenen ( proper name spelling), Ta ​​- requested ( TNN T3, T3 also nn, Tnn ) (meaning perhaps since elevated land ), is in Egyptian mythology first one earth god. In the Ramesside he becomes the god of the primeval water and Urhügels that rose at the origin of the earth from the primordial ocean. Since the 18th Dynasty to the Late Period Tatenen is also a primal and maker is God.


Tatenen is first documented in coffin texts from Assiut, and on stelae from the Sinai and Wadi Gawasis in the Middle Kingdom as the god of ores and minerals.

In the Books of the New Kingdom wins Tatenen important. In Imydwat he rules over the waters of the Tatenen and is in the sixth hour at the top of Ennead. It is however also associated with the sun god Re in compound as described in the eighth hour of the Imydwat and the Litany, where it is equated with Re.

In the Book of Gates Tatenen embodies the entire underworld and thus gains an additional cosmic significance, comparable to the sky goddess Nut.

In private tombs of the 18th dynasty Tatenen applies the first time as primal and maker is God.

Merging with other gods

Tatenen going early on a syncretic connection with the royal god Horus as " Horus Tatenen " one. At the end of the 18th Dynasty Tatenen is also equated with Osiris. From the 19th dynasty a merger " Ptah - Sokar - Osiris - Tatenen " is occupied. In the time of Ramses II Tatenen is through his association with Ptah as " Ptah - Tatenen " to a memphtischen God. Furthermore Tatenen is also equated with the primeval waters now and the primeval mound since that time.

In the late period finally Tatenen is also linked to the creation of God and Khnum.


Tatenen is shown in Imydwat as a fire-breathing serpent rod, in the Litany against it as a mummy with ram horns and crest of feathers on the head. In the compound Ptah - Tatenen he has an articulated human body and contributes ram horns, and one of two springs framed sun disk on his head.