Kenemet Posted December 9, 2017 #1226 Share Posted December 9, 2017 13 hours ago, Scott Creighton said: This is to say that the crested ibis doesn’t actually have to directly represent or be symbolic of Thoth (though, imv, it does symbolise a particular aspect of this god - the wisdom, insight, foresight, enlightened being of Thoth) but is, rather, the enlightened, wise bird that warns of the coming flood. See my post just above this. The crested ibis is not a bird that ever lived in Egypt. So it would never arrive before or even after the Nile Flood. The Egyptians may have been depicting the hermit ibis in the symbol that translators called "crested ibis." Or it might be an ordinary ibis with a headcloth... I don't know. However, it can't be the real "crested ibis." Additionally, the hermit ibis does not herald Egypt's Nile flood since it arrives some 4 months before the annual Nile flood and leaves sometime after the flood starts. The other species of ibis follow a similar timing in their migration. 3 Top Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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