c.2002 Meteruast (Jason Stefaniak)

Who is Djehuty?

"I am Djehuty the skilled scribe whose hands are pure, a possesor of purity, Who drives away evil, Who writes what is true, Who detests falsehood, Whose pen defends the Lord of all; master of laws Who interprets writings, Whose words establish the Two lands."

"I am the Lord of Justice, One truly precise to the Gods, Who judges a matter so that it may come into being; Who vindicates him whose voice is hushed; Who dispels darkness and clears away the storm. I have given sweet breath of the north wind to Wesir as when He went forth from the womb of Her Who bore Him."

"I am Djehuty, the favored of Ra; Lord of strength Who enables Him Who made Him; great of magic in the Bark of Millions of Years; master of laws who makes the Two Lands content; Whose power protects Her Who bore Him; Who gets rid of noise and quells uproar; Who does what Ra in His shrine approves."*

Djehuty is the ancient kemetic  ibis-headed Name of wisdom, writing, speech and law. He is usually depicted as an Ibis headed man, but was also depicted as a baboon (Papio Cynocephalus) and as a full ibis (Threskiornis Aethiopicus). His center of worship was in Khemenu or greek Hermopolis. He is credited with inventing heiroglyphs and is thus the patron of scribes and of all those who deal in spreading wisdom and knowledge to others, such as librarians, writers, teachers etc. He is said in one ostracon to have made the speech of men to differ.  Djehuty also acts as advisor to the Ennead, and vizier to Ra. He is sometimes equated with the moon, and other times seen as the one who makes the Udjat eye (the moon) whole. He is the keeper of time and of all calenders. He assists in the coronation of each new Nisut. Djehuty also figures in a creation myth from Hermopolis, in which he is the head of the Ogdoad. Djehuty also figures in the Memphite theology where He proceeds as the tongue of Ptah, the creator. Djehuty is probably most familiar in his role as scribe, recording the verdict at the weighing of the heart in the underworld. He is a name of knowing, seeking, and wisdom.



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* quotes selected by Djehutymose from The Papyrus of Ani, trans. by Dr. Raymond O. Faulkner.

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