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The Destruction of Mankind (1.24)
(1,147 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Egyptian Canonical Compositions; Divine Focus; Other Myths


This mythological tale forms the first part of a longer text known as “The Book of the Cow of Heaven,” which is inscribed in five royal tombs of the New Kingdom (the tombs of Tutankhamun, Seti I, Ramses II, Ramses III, and Ramses VI). The first part relates how the sun-god Re set out to destroy the human race because mankind was plotting rebellio…

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Lichtheim, Miriam, “The Destruction of Mankind (1.24)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 30 November 2021 <>

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