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Min is an ancient Egyptian deity of fertility. As far back as the Badarian Period (5000–3400 BC) along the Nile River, there are stone and terra cotta figures of naked women and men representing fertility. During that period, it appears that agriculture and human procreation were inseparable in the concept of fertility.

Figure. Relief from the White Chapel of Sesostris I. The chapel was built to celebrate the Sed Festival, the festival connected with the royal jubilee during which rituals of renewal and regeneration took place. The king pays homage to Min, the god of fertility. 12th dynasty, 1971–1926 BC.
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Source: Werner Forman/Art Resource, New York.

The deity known by the name of Min was a principal fertility spirit. Min's representation was of a man with a large ...

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