Thoth

Thoth is an ancient Egyptian legend with head of an ibis or a baboon. His female counter part is Seshat and his wife is Ma’at. Thoth is the root word for “Truth”. There is ambiguity whether Thoth was a deity or a personified legend. From all accounts, it seems that Thoth was one of the earliest prophets in the history of mankind. Thoth has been depicted with head of a Ibis or a Baboon, suggesting the fact that the first civilization occurred in African continent and moved upwards towards Egypt.

With the head of Baboon, Thoth can be compared with Hanuman or Sun Wukong, who has been assumed to exist since eternity. Thoth was also considered as Moon God, depicting the importance of Desire in the journey. The desire to liberate becomes the first step towards the journey. Teachings of Thoth are crucial to understand the underlying meaning of Egyptian mythology.

Goddess Seshat is feminine counterpart of Thoth, whereas his wife is Ma’at. Seshat has all the virtues similar to Goddess Saraswati of Santana Dharma. Similarly Ma’at is the goddess of death and the word Ma’at has been widely used in Arabic and Sanskrit language for death. Thoth and Ma’at stood on either side of the boat of Ra and maintained the universe. His association with Seshat compares him with Brahma, the consort of Saraswati in Santana Dharma.

In Egyptian mythology, Thoth is a prominent character depicting wisdom, arbitration, writing skills etc. He and his wife Ma’at are seen on the boat of Supreme God Ra. In this sense, Wisdom and Death are the prominent constituents of “Truth”.

It is interesting to see this character in detail in the “Book” and understand how this character is aligned with “Lord Shiva” of Sanatan Dharma.



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