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Sacred, holy, bird

Description of this motif: The Ibis bird (Ibis aethiopica) was a sacred bird in ancient Egypt. It was considered immortal, and dead ibises were embalmed. The Egyptian god Thoth, god of wisdom and writing, had the head of an ibis.

Example :

"I can sniff the Nile mud and the juicy frogs," the mother stork cried. "What an appetizing feeling! Yes, there you shall have fine eating and things to see-marabou storks, ibises, and cranes. They are all cousins of ours, but not nearly so handsome as we. They are vain creatures, especially the ibises. The Egyptians stuff them with spices and make mummies of them, and this has quite turned their heads. (...)

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