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The Egyptian Thoth, like Plato’s Theuth, is multi-talented; he is the sole possessor of a certain divine knowledge and language, he alone knows the secrets of the celestial operations. His is a cryptic knowledge - the heavenly bodies are observable, but unknowable, to us. The king-god has no need to understand the heavens - already knows/creates/controls them – but he still requires their documentation. The Book of Thoth was a kind of total (or impossible) book, containing all knowledge mystical, occult, and terrestrial. It was pure knowledge, knowing itself. Thoth serves as royal scribe and bookkeeper, master of books and reports, documents and records. He is a both a bureaucratic and inspired god – the father of the medium in which he is the most able operator. He is a god of death - weighing and judging the dead, a funerary God in his earliest incarnations, and a God without a father - Thoth was seen as self-begotten. The god of writing is the god of the law - a privileged position in the underworld - the god of death and its organization, the god of game and sport.