This week the world looked up to gaze at an extra bright "Supermoon", with the moon swinging closer to the earth than any other time since 1948.
The ancient Egyptians were keen observers of the night sky, so it's hard to imagine that a slightly larger and brighter "Supermoon" would have escaped their attention. Whether they got as excited about it as many people did in 2016, however, remains a mystery.
Ancient Egypt revered a number of moon gods, including my favourite: Thoth.
Thoth was represented either in human form with an ibis head and a lunar disc on his head, or as a baboon. Because many religious rituals and festivals were organised by the cycles of the moon, Thoth came to be seen as a god of wisdom, magic, and the measurement of time and events—the scribe of the gods.
Thoth is often shown recording the length of a pharaoh's reign (always long), and the outcome of the "weighing of the heart" ceremony (always positive), where the deceased's heart is tested for purity and honesty.
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