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The Mysterious Legend of the Harp of Thoth: Revealing the Secrets behind the Myth

Updated: Dec 29, 2023

The Mysterious Harp of Thoth and the temples of Djoser Complex
Djoser Complex in Saqqara

According to legend, the Harp of Thoth was made from the bones of a crocodile and could be played to communicate with the underworld and it is often associated with the Egyptian god of the afterlife, Anubis.

The harp was also believed to be the sacred instrument that Thoth used to shape the hieroglyphs, and therefore the sounds of creation. It had the power to heal and protect those who played it since its melodies would restructure the water of one's body.

The Harp of Thoth is depicted on one of the temples at Saqqara behind the Heb-Sed court, or as we call it, the sound healing hospital. This structure is more than 4,500 years old. The three columns, under the three downspouts for flowing water, represent the three major strings of the harp.

The wisdom keepers of Saqqara believe that the method that the harp used to restructure the water of the human body, was also used in the Healing Hospital. According to Abdel-Hakim Awyan, the ancient Egyptian physicians would use the tone and pitch of the resonating sounds to diagnose and heal the patient on the limestone table. The entire court was constructed on top of channels of running water which helped to amplify this experience.

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