It’s All Fun & Games Until Someone Loses an Eye

This vase story will double your pleasure! It is for two vases, collectively known as ‘Original Twin’, and tells the tale of a genderless god, child yielding spit and vomit, the creation of the world, a wandering eye and comes to us from ancient Egypt.

In the beginning there was the chaotic waters of Nu (also called Nun). From these swirling chaotic waters Atum willed themselves into existence. The genderless Atum also possessed an all knowing and seeing eye.

Being beyond gender simplified child birth for Atum. They were able to spit out their first child, a son, Shu, god of the air. He must have been a real mouthful.

The birth of their daughter, Telfnut, goddess of moisture, was a little messier. She vomited Telfnut up. Messy, but not quite as messy as child birth.

Original Twin – Telfnut

Original Twin – Shu

If you thought your parents had high expectations of you, you might empathize with Shu and Telfnut. Atum had charged them with creating order out of chaos.

Shu and Telfnut started with creating the earth (Geb) and the sky (Nut). Slowly over time the order of the world as we know it came to be, but in that process Shu and Telfnut were lost in the remaining darkness. Imagine losing your children in a never ending void!

Atum was desperate to find their offspring. They removed their all seeing eye and sent it out to search for Shu and Telfnut. When twins returned with the eye, the eye wept tears of joy and men sprung up where the tears hit the Earth.

Maybe that is why we are made of mostly water and a little salty! Do you know any twins or have any good twin stories? If so, share them in the comments below. What do you think of the vases and their story? You can see more images of the twins – here. And you can check out more raku vase stories here!

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  1. Two identical twin stories: one funny, one wonderful.
    1. I was on the playground with my then 4 year-old son. He was playing with identical twin boys, roughly the same age. I commented to their nanny, “Their parents must have their hands full with twin boys.” She responded, “Oh, they’re not identical twins. They’re identical quads.” She nodded towards the sandbox where their mom was playing with the other two.
    2. A friend needed a kidney transplant. Waiting lists are long for transplants, but not for her. Her identical twin sister was able to donate.

    1. Those are both wonderful stories! The first oen certainly did make me laugh, and the second one is very touching. Thank you for sharing those with me and helping to make my night! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

      1. I’m happy to comment on your cool blog, I like how you share your artwork along with the myths that connect with the sculptures. I hope you have a great week too!

    1. Thank you so much for such a wonderful and kind comment! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start.

    1. Thank you so much Eugenia. I feel the same way about your posts! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start.

    1. Yes! I am glad you noticed. I found that very intriguing myself! I hope you are well and having a great start to your week.

      1. Thanx- and yes it’s been productive so far- I just wish it wasn’t like a sauna outside 🥵. Hopefully it’s much more pleasant in Canadia!

      2. Here we are having some cooler weather and all the leaves are starting to turn colour!

      3. They r turning here to- unfortunately because it stopped raining a month ago- they are now turning gold and brown and falling off – the walnut trees look pretty though!

      4. It sounds like your leaves may be further ahead than ours! Most of our trees are still green with swaths of yellow and red here.

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