Thoth: Ibis, Baboon

Thoth: Ibis, Baboon
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Thoth: god of writing and knowledge (Ibis, Baboon)

Originally Thoth, or Djehuty, as he was called by the Egyptians, was a moon god. Eventually he became a patron of scribes, associated with all forms of knowledge and credited with the invention of writing. In Egyptian tradition Thoth healed the Eye of Horus which had been injured by Seth and was identified with the moon.

As the patron of knowledge, Thoth frequently fulfilled the role of messenger and negotiator between the gods. He was also record keeper for the gods and in the Book of the Dead, during the “Weighing of the Heart” scene, Thoth can be seen standing near the scales of justice recording the result of the judgment. His role as a recorder of knowledge led Thoth to also be associated with secret knowledge and magic beyond the knowledge of other gods. His most elite followers were often priests, who thus gained the reputation of having access to the secret knowledge of Thoth.

The Egyptians had a variety of ways to represent Thoth, most frequently as a man with the head of an ibis. He could also be depicted as a seated or standing ibis, although when shown in full animal form he was more commonly represented as a seated baboon.