LIFE AS MYTH

Index

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JOURNAL

Index

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JOURNAL 2006

Scheherazade Project

Telling untold stories

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AUTUMN 2006

Moths and moons and metamorphosis

Index 2006

A time to tell stories

Naming the full moon

Writing on the moon

The twin side of the sun

Moths and moons and metamorphosis

The very idea of God

Moonrise

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LIFEWORKS

About

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ARCHIVES

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AUTUMN 2006
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WRITING ON THE MOON

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Thoth as a baboon. Ptolemaic Period. 332-30 BC. Louvre, Paris; Thoth as an ibis with a maat feather, Late Period–Ptolemaic Period, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Thoth as a baboon. Late Period, Dynasty XXVI, 664-525 BCE. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

 

Thoth is an Egyptian lunar deity who can manifest in several forms. The most common is a man with the head of an ibis, holding a palette and stylus. Another is in the shape of a baboon.

One of the most powerful gods in the Egyptian pantheon, Thoth is a mediator, messenger for the gods, judge of the dead, developer of science and magic, as well as the inventor of writing and the alphabet and patron of scribes. Egyptian myth states that he is self-created, arising from the power of his own language.

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