Look, up in the Sky!
Have you ever wondered where we all came from? I know our religious beliefs have given us information, but they seem to be different from science. If you ask Google how long humans have been on this planet, the response is between 2 and 1.5 million B.C.E. My first question is; were we really just hunter-gatherer's up until 300 years ago? Or did we have advanced societies that no longer exist? Today, I hope to shed light on that question.
Thoth ("He Who is Like the Ibis," his Egyptian name, Djehuty, the Greeks knew him as Hermes) is an ancient Egyptian god associated with wisdom, writing, and the moon. He was also known as the scribe of the gods and the inventor of hieroglyphs.
To clarify, many ancient texts connect Thoth and the lost city of Atlantis numerously. The city is said to have been a great civilization that existed thousands of years ago but mysteriously disappeared without a trace. Most importantly, I wrote this post to explore Thoth's connection to Atlantis and the various myths and legends surrounding this ancient civilization.
Meanwhile, according to Plato, Atlantis was a utopian society destroyed in a single day and night of catastrophic earthquakes and floods, sinking into the ocean and disappearing forever. Moreover, he described the Atlanteans as great and prosperous people who possessed advanced knowledge of science and technology, including flying machines and free energy.
The lost City
There are several theories about the origins of the legend of Atlantis, with some scholars suggesting that it was a fictional creation of Plato's imagination. On the other hand, others believe the events and places to be actual.
One of the most intriguing theories is that Atlantis was the city in ancient Egypt before Egypt existed. Furthermore, many believe that the powerful priests who came after Atlantis worshipped the god Thoth and taught his information to the Egyptian people.
King or Man?
Above all, Thoth was one of the most important gods in the ancient Egyptian pantheon (all the gods of a people) and was associated with knowledge, magic, and the moon. He was often depicted as a man with the head of an ibis (a large bird), holding a writing implement and a scroll. As a result, Thoth was credited with inventing writing, mathematics, and science and was said to have recorded the words of the gods in the Book of Thoth. He was also the god of magic and healing and was said to have the power to bring the dead back to life.
In some ancient texts, Thoth is referred to as the "Lord of Atlantis" or the "King of Atlantis," suggesting a close connection between the god and the lost civilization. According to some scholars, Thoth was one of the Atlanteans' leaders and was responsible for their advanced knowledge and technology. Moreover, they believe that Thoth used his knowledge of magic and science to build the magnificent structures of Atlantis, including the pyramids and the Temple of the Sun.
On the other hand, some scholars believe that Thoth was not a physical ruler of Atlantis but rather a spiritual guide or mentor to the Atlanteans. They argue that Thoth was the source of the Atlanteans' advanced knowledge and wisdom and that he taught them the secrets of the universe and the mysteries of life and death. In this view, Thoth was a kind of spiritual father to the Atlanteans, guiding them on their journey of discovery and enlightenment.
Light as a Feather
Furthermore, Thoth played a significant role in guiding souls through the underworld to the afterlife. Subsequently, Thoth's teachings about life and death were essential to ancient Egyptian religion and mythology.
One of the most well-known teachings associated with Thoth was the concept of Ma'at, which represented the principles of truth, balance, and harmony. According to this belief, when a person died, their heart was weighed against a feather representing Ma'at. If their heart was found to be lighter than the feather, they would have lived a good life and would be allowed to pass into the afterlife.
Meanwhile, Thoth was also associated with the Book of the Dead, a collection of spells and prayers to guide the deceased through the trials and challenges of the underworld. In other words, Thoth had written a definitive book that helps the dead navigate the challenges that await them.
In addition, Thoth was also believed to be the keeper of knowledge and wisdom and was associated with the power of words and writing. He could help the deceased to understand the mysteries of the universe and to gain knowledge and insight into the nature of life and death.
In short, Thoth's teachings about life and death emphasized the importance of living a good and balanced life and preparing oneself for the journey into the afterlife through knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual purity.
Consequently, there are many legends and myths that connect Thoth to Atlantis, including stories of his journeys to the lost city and his role in its destruction. Some myths suggest that Thoth warned the Atlanteans of their impending doom and tried to persuade them to change their ways, but they refused to listen. Other tales depict Thoth as a powerful magician who used his magic to protect Atlantis from its enemies but ultimately failed to save it from destruction.
Read all About It!
Despite the many myths and legends surrounding Thoth and Atlantis, our history books provide little evidence that the two are connected. However, there are certainly similarities between the two. For example, their association with advanced knowledge and technology, it isn't easy to prove that Thoth was a physical or spiritual leader of Atlantis. The legends of Thoth and Atlantis developed independently but were later linked together by ancient writers and storytellers.
Most importantly, it is up to you, the reader, to determine if beings like Thoth or Gods ever existed. Some of you may believe in Angles or spirit guides. Most importantly, I still question how we as a species moved from Dryopithecus (ancestors of both man and apes) to Homo Sapiens in the span of 6 million years.
Notably, we did this through Darwin's theory of evolution. Darwin, by the way, was not a scientist but studied the priesthood at Cambridge University. Before that, he studied to become a doctor at the University of Edenburo but dropped out because he could stand the sight of blood.
As always, there is more to the story.