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Who was Khnum? Khnum was the Egyptian god of fertility, water and procreation. Egyptian gods and goddesses closely resembled the appearance of humans, but many of their gods, as with Khnum, were also perceived as 'human hybrids' depicted with human bodies with the heads of animals. These symbols were used as a recognition aid and a device to visually convey the powers, identity and attributes of the god. Egyptian Name: Khnum also Khnemu, Khoum. Also see Heryshaf, ram-headed god Role & Function: The function of Khnum is described as being a creator god of water, fertility and procreation. He was the patron deity of potters. Status: Member of the Elephantine Triad and also a member of the Triad of Latopolis in Esna Symbols: The potter's wheel, the ram, the Ankh, the 'Was Scepter'