23 July 2019 06:07 PM

Antiquities ministry announces details about discovery of new ancient tomb

Friday، 19 April 2019 - 02:34 PM

The Antiquities Ministry announced on Thursday 18/04/2019 details about the discovery of a new ancient tomb; that of "Shed-su Djehuti" or "Djehuti" or "Thoth" deity, that was unearthed in the necropolis of Dra' Abu el-Naga'.

The tomb was registered by German archaeologist Frederica Kampp. It was found in the necropolis of Dra' Abu el-Naga', which is located on the west bank of the Nile at the ancient Thebes city whose ruins lie within the modern Egyptian city of Luxor.

Thoth is one of the ancient Egyptian deities. In art, he was often depicted as a man with the head of an ibis or a baboon, animals sacred to him.

Thoth is the Egyptian god of writing, magic, wisdom, and the moon. He was one of the most important gods of ancient Egypt.

Ancient Egyptians believe that he is the son of two deities, who represented order and chaos respectively. For them he was the god of equilibrium and balance and associated closely with both the principle of ma'at (divine balance) and the goddess Ma'at who personified this principle (and who was sometimes seen as his wife). Another of his consorts was the goddess Nehemetawy ('She Who Embraces Those In Need") a protector goddess.

In his form as A'an, Thoth presided over the judgment of the dead with Osiris in the Hall of the Truth and those souls who feared they might not pass through the judgment safely were encouraged to call upon Thoth for help.

The consort most often associated with Thoth was Seshat, goddess of writing, the keeper of books, and patron goddess of libraries and librarians who was alternately his wife or daughter.

Worship of Thoth began in Lower Egypt most likely in the Pre-Dynastic Period (c. 6000-3150 BCE) and continued through the Ptolemaic Period (323-30 BCE), the last dynastic era of Egyptian history, marking Thoth's veneration as among the longest of the Egyptian gods or any deity from any civilization.


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