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Geb, also known as Seb or Keb, is the Egyptian god of the Earth, healing, and vegetation. He is quite literally the Earth. In fact, the ancient Egyptians, according to a source, called the earth the “House of Geb.” Pharaohs believed themselves to be descendants from the gods, specifically Geb, and called themselves the “Heirs of Geb.” The throne of the pharaohs was called the “Throne of Geb.”
Geb is the son of Shu (god of air) and Tefnut (goddess of moisture). He has a twin, Nut, the goddess of the sky and cosmos. Nut also is Geb’s wife, aka consort. They had children, of course. Osiris, Isis, Set, Nephthys, and Heru-ur are just some of them but probably the most well-known. Therefore, Geb is also known as the father of the Gods. Geb’s symbols are barley, which grows out of his ribs, and the goose. The goose is because it is the first hieroglyphic in his name. I put an image of different deities’ names in hieroglyphics at the end of the article for you to peruse. At least, that is what we think. He also has the bull and viper as his symbols.
Geb and Nut love each other very much. So much so, they couldn’t do their jobs because they were constantly getting it on. Shu, their father, had to step in and separate them by force. In doing this, Geb formed the Earth and Nut the sky. Shu stays between them. When Geb particularly misses his wife, he grumbles, and we get earthquakes.
Even though he causes earthquakes when he grieves, he helps humans. Geb allows us to live on him. He provides animals and us to eat the vegetation he grows. Those plants he provides also help heal our bodies. On the other hand, he is feared because he is the literal Earth. If we piss him off, there could be dire consequences. One such fear is the blocking to our next life. Many believe at least part of the next life is in an underworld of some sort. Imagine pissing off an Earth deity and them not letting you through.
Geb is often portrayed as an older man with a beard. Sometimes his hair and skin are colored green to drive home that he is a vegetation deity. Unlike many other gods in this pantheon, he was always shown as purely human, although sometimes you will see him with a snake for a head. He is also known as the father of snakes. A goose sits upon his head often in are containing him. Another way he is portrayed is with his wife, Nut. Geb lays beneath Nut with he arched over him. Sometimes you see Shu between them.
As a god of the Earth, Geb should be able to cause some severe damage in Smite. So what do you think of Geb? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time, have fun storming the castle!