Kek and Kauket – Egyptian Deities of Darkness and Night

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In Egyptian mythology, Kek and Kauket were primordial deities who symbolized darkness, obscurity and the night. The deities lived from the very beginning of time before the world was formed and all was shrouded in darkness and chaos.

Who Were Kek and Kauket?

Kek symbolized the darkness of night, that occurred before dawn, and was called the bringer of life.

On the other hand, his female counterpart Kauket, represented sunset, and people referred to her as the bringer of night. She was even more abstract than Kek and appears to be more of a representation of duality than of a distinct deity herself. 

Kek and Kauket represent primordial darkness, much like the Greek Erebus. However, sometimes they appeared to represent day and night, or the transition from day to night and vice-versa.

The names Kek and Kauket meant darkness, although Kauket has a feminine ending to the name.

Kek and Kauket – Part of the Ogdoad

Kek and Kauket were a part of the eight primordial deities, called the Ogdoad. This group of deities were worshiped in Hermopolis as the deities of chaos. They consisted of four male-female couples, represented by frogs (male) and serpents (female) each representing different functions and attributes. Although there have been attempts to designate a clear ontological concept to each of the pairs, these aren’t consistent and vary.

While Kek was depicted as a frog-headed man, Kauket was represented as a serpent-headed woman.

In popular culture, the Egyptian god of darkness was associated with Pepe the Frog, due to their similarity in appearance and traits. This brough on a renewed interest in these more obscure Egyptian gods.

Symbolic Meanings of Kek And Kauket

  • In Egyptian mythology, Kek and Kauket symbolized primordial darkness that existed before the creation of the universe. They were a part of the chaos and lived in the watery void.  
  • Kek and Kauket were an emblem of chaos and disorder.
  • In Egyptian culture, Kek and Kauket represented the uncertainty and obscurity of darkness.

In Brief

Kek and Kauket signified an important point in the history of the universe according to the Ancient Egyptians. Without them, the significance of creation, and the origins of life cannot be fully understood.