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Ancient Egyptian deities: Seshat, goddess of writing
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Seshat

[Seshat]     Goddess of writing, bearing the epithet She who is at the Head of the House of Books. She recorded the length of reign and the jubilees allotted to a pharaoh.
    Some of her properties were similar to Thoth's, of whom she was variously said to have been consort, sister or daughter.
    As Mistress of the Builders her priests measured the outlay of a new temple with their measuring rope in a ceremony referred to as Stretching the Cord. At Edfu she bore the epithet of Mistress of ground-plans and writing.
    She is depicted in the shape of a woman wearing a dress and a panther skin. She holds a scribe's writing tools in her hands. Her headdress seems to consist of seven leaves, a petalled flower, or a seven pointed star surmounted by something horn- or crescent-like.
 

 
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