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1774 depiction of the Orphic Egg by Jacob Bryant.

The Orphic Egg in the Ancient Greek Orphic tradition is the cosmic egg from which hatched the primordial hermaphroditic deity Phanes/Protogonus (variously equated also with Zeus, Pan, Metis, Eros, Erikepaios and Bromius) who in turn created the other gods.[1] The egg is often depicted with a serpent wound about it.


  1. West, M. L. (1983) The Orphic Poems. Oxford:Oxford University Press. p. 205
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