The Legend of Kek

Most people who have study internet legend, 4chan, or even the alt-right, have heard the word “kek” being used at least once. There’s even a fake country named Kekistan, but that’s just meme culture. Little do people know, that the story of Kek goes back much further than just the beginning of the internet age. Kek was one of the first gods in ancient Egyptian mythology and has evolved to take on different definitions and meanings.

The ancient Egyptian myth goes:

The Egyptians believed that before the world was formed, there was a watery mass of dark, directionless chaos. In this chaos lived the Ogdoad of Khmunu (Hermopolis), four frog gods and four snake goddesses of chaos. These deities were Nun and Naunet (water), Amun and Amaunet (invisibility), Heh and Hauhet (infinity) and Kek and Kauket (darkness). The chaos existed without the light, and thus Kek and Kauket came to represent this darkness. They also symbolized obscurity, the kind of obscurity that went with darkness, and night.

The Ogdoad were the original great gods of Iunu (On, Heliopolis) where they were thought to have helped with creation, then died and retired to the land of the dead where they continued to make the Nile flow and the sun rise every day.

Kek (Kuk, Keku) means darkness. He was the god of the darkness of chaos, the darkness before time began. He was the god of obscurity, hidden in the darkness. The Egyptians saw the nighttime, the time without the light of the sun, as a reflection of this chaotic darkness.

As a god of the night, Kek was also related to the day – he was called the “bringer-in of the light”. This seems to mean that he was responsible for the time of night that came just before sunrise. The god of the hours before day dawned over the land of Egypt. This was the twilight which gave birth to the sun.

My personal interpretation of the story, compared to modern society:

Kek is associated with the 4chan, alt-right, and meme. He makes for great legends, and also is somewhat relatable to Pepe the frog, and other frog memes, since Kek was also a frog. Even with a fake country known as Kekistan, it’s not hard to look at this as nothing more than a joke. I think that there are different ways to look, at this story, but this is mine.

The first way I view the legend of Kek being used today is with the story of darkness. We might not see a frog take away the darkness, but it becomes a lot more interesting when you compare darkness to cancel culture and censor ship. To be honest before the internet, we were living in an age of darkness when it came to informational darkness. It is easy to see how the internet has brought everyone together and made information more accessible. We have access to more information now than ever before, and it seems that more news stories are debunk by the internet than anything else. Just look at the whole Jeff Epstein story. This brings a new meaning of light to the whole world of information.

There is still censorship and cancel culture, which is a big problem these days, which in a sense is another form of darkness. There are also people being silence, on the internet, just for having a different opinion than the status quo. Having stuff being banded and taken down, even if it’s true, is another form of darkness, in the new age of the internet.