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Ancient Egypt /
Religion
1. Introduction
2. Gods
3. Concepts
4. Cult
5. Cult centres
6. Necropolises
7. Structures

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Thoth



Thoth in the shape of an ibis, with a seated Maat in front.
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Thoth in the shape of an ibis, with a seated Maat in front.

Thoth with ibis face, human body and hair. From the Tomb of Amenkhopshef, Valley of the Queens, Luxor, Egypt.
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Thoth with ibis face, human body and hair. From the Tomb of Amenkhopshef, Valley of the Queens, Luxor, Egypt.

In Ancient Egyptian religion, god of many qualities.
Thoth was the god of the moon, and therefore the god who measured time. He was also the god of calculation, writing, learning, wisdom, laws and magic. He was the god who invented writing and the languages. In the realm of the gods he served the roles as the scribe, the interpreter, the advisor, and he could also be the representative of Re.
His wife was Maat.
We do not know his origin, but it is believed that it was in the Delta region. Hermopolis came to be his main cult centre. He also had a temple in Lower Nubia, the Temple of Dakka.
Thoth was normally represented as a human with the head of an ibis, or as an ibis, or as a baboon with the head of a dog. His sacred animals were the baboon and the ibis, of which there have been found millions of tiny mummies in and around Hermopolis and Memphis.
Thoth played a role in the famous myth of Isis and Osiris, where he protected Isis during her pregnancy with Horus.





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