Dedwen (or Dedun)

In Ancient Egypt, gods were very prevalent within the society. Dedwen, sometimes known as Dedun, was a Nubian deity. It is believed that he was worshiped as early as 2400 BC. The information known about this god is not extensive. We do know that he was depicted as a lion; however, his overall role is pretty sketchy. Some early Egyptian writings indicate that he was the god of incense, which was an expensive commodity in Nubia. This information tends to indicate that he must have been an important deity as incense was a huge product of this area and had an association of wealth and affluence.

Even though he is mentioned in the pyramid texts of this ancient period, we have little evidence that there was much worship towards this particular god by Egyptian society; however, it is said that the burning of incense at royal births was very customary.


This particular god is portrayed as a male deity with no specific distinctiveness. The Old Kingdom sometimes writes his name with the hieroglyphic sign referring to a bird, but he is not shown in this form whatsoever. He has, however, been shown having the head of a lion. Mainly he is associated with funeral rites and rituals.