Though some ancient Egypt myths place him as a son of Ra, others say that Thoth created himself through the power of language. He was considered as the patron of knowledge, secrets, writing and scribes, a teacher of man, the messenger of the gods. In Egyptian mythology, Thoth was well-known as a counselor for the gods, who frequently went to seek for Thoth’s Thoughts and advice.
Thoth is considered a lunar deity. His totem animal was the baboon, a nocturnal animal that goes to sleep only after greeting the new day. Hence he was sometimes shown as a baboon, but most often Thoth appeared as a man with the head of an ibis holding a scribe's palette and stylus, or as a full ibis.