|Kekui in hieroglyphs|
depicted at Deir el-Medina.
Kek (also Keku, Kekui) is the deification of the concept of primordial darkness (kkw smꜣw, keku-semau) in the Ancient Egyptian Ogdoad cosmogony. As a concept, Kek was viewed as androgynous, his female form being known as Keket (also Kekuit). Kek and Keket in some aspects also represent night and day, and were called "raiser up of the light" and the "raiser up of the night", respectively. The name is written as kk or kkwy (kkt, kkwyt) with a variant of the sky hieroglyph in ligature with the staff (N2) associated with the word for "darkness" kkw.
In the oldest representations, Kekui is given the head of a serpent, and Kekuit the head of either a frog or a cat. In one scene, they are identified with Ka and Kait; in this scene, Ka-Kekui has the head of a frog surmounted by a beetle and Kait-Kekuit has the head of a serpent surmounted by a disk. In the Greco-Roman period, Kek's male form was depicted as a frog-headed man, and the female form as a serpent-headed woman, as were all four dualistic concepts in the Ogdoad.
In popular culture
Kek worship has become associated with alt-right politics.
- E. Hornung, "Licht und Finsternis in der Vorstellungswelt Altägyptens", Studium Generale 8 (1965), 72-83.
- E. A. Wallis Budge, The Gods of the Egyptians: Or, Studies in Egyptian Mythology (1904), vol. 1, p. 241, pp. 283-286; vol. 2, p. 2, p. 378. Georg Steindorff, The Religion of the Ancient Egyptians (1905), p. 50.
- Budge (1904) vol. 1, 285f.
- Budge vol. 1, p. 283.
- Budge vol. 1, p. 286.
- "Naked Nigel, the God Kek and modern politics".
- Seawright, Caroline (2003). "Kek and Kauket, Deities of Darkness, Obscurity and Night".