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<Shu the god of air raises Nut - the starry night sky from Geb - the earth, so that the star children may be born../>

<the star children were Osiris, Isis, Nephthys, Set and Horus the Elder (who leaves the story at this point). these children represent the five days which were not part of the regular Egyptian calendar of 36 weeks of 10 days duration - adding five days to the calendar made up the 365 days of the solar year. this time out of time was sacred, a period when the divine touched the profane life of human society.../>