Who is Thoth?

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Quote: Thoth was among the most complex and mysterious gods of the ancient Egyptian world. His origins lost to time, he would become the deity of writing, heka (magic), the moon and fate. He would aid in the resurrection of Osiris, intercede on the part of justice (ma'at) in the dispute between Horus and Set and go on to become worshiped at Hermopolis as Lord of the Ogdoad. In the Greco-Roman period he would be fused with Hermes becoming Hermes Trismegistus, legendary founder of hermetic philosophy and the occult sciences of alchemy, magic and astrology. Join me in this episode as I explore the origins of Thoth!
'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell


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Quote:Richard Jasnow, Professor of Egyptology; Chair, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Johns Hopkins University joins us for an Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures Members Lecture.

While he does not profess to be a historian of religion, Richard Jasnow has been engaged with Thoth, the Egyptian "god of wisdom" for the past thirty years. Thoth has an immense range of responsibilities: writing, magic, astronomy, time itself. As is the case with all Egyptian deities, Thoth can be difficult, if not impossible to pin down, a true shape-shifter. In this talk, Jasnow explores in image and text various aspects of this divine being. Thoth is a profoundly approachable god, and the Ancient Egyptians often turned to him in times of need.

Jasnow is especially interested in the relationship between us humans and this powerful deity.
'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell


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