46 years ago today, man encountered our favourite moon-god in person.
July 20 2015, marks the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969.
And that’s all the excuse I need to share a wonderful comic featuring my favourite Egyptian moon-god, Thoth.
Thoth could be represented in the form of an ibis (or ibis-headed man) or a baboon. It is thought that the ibis' curved bill suggested the crescent new moon, and that the habit of baboons to chatter at dawn was a greeting to the rising sun by sacred animals of the moon god.
It was from Thoth, 'Lord of the Sacred Words', that the Egyptians learned how to read and write hierolgyphs. Scribes considered themselves 'Followers of Thoth', the scribe of the gods.
Because many religious rituals and festivals were organised by the cycles of the moon, Thoth became seen as a god of wisdom and the measurement of time. He can often be seen tallying up the long length of a pharaoh’s reign or recording the glorious outcome of a Weighing of the Heart – the test of righteousness before the newly deceased is led into the company of Osiris.
Here we see Game Night in the realm of the gods. The learned Thoth soundly defeats Anubis, Horus, Set and Sekhmet – the latter two experiencing anger management issues over losing.
Thanks to Ohio artist, Cara Cioffari (Inonibird), for her kind permission to reproduce her wonderful artwork.
Please check out more of her Egyptian “Stick Gods” at http://inonibird.tumblr.com/tagged/stick-gods