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In Egyptian mythology, Saa (more usually Sia) was the deification of perception in the Heliopolitan Ennead cosmogeny and is probably equivalent to the intellectual energies of the heart of Ptah in the Memphite cosmogeny[1]. He also had a connection with writing and was often shown in anthropomorphic form [2] holding a papyrus scroll. This papyrus was thought to embody intellectual achievements.[3]

It was said that Atum created the two gods Saa and Hu from his blood spilled while cutting his own penis, a possible reference to circumcision.[4]

The god Saa appeared standing on the Solar barge during its journey through the night in New Kingdom underworld texts and tomb decorations[5], together with Hu, "creative utterance" and Heka (god) the god of magic. These gods were seen as special powers helping the creator and although Heka had his own cult Saa did not.[6]

Hieroglyph: Saa

The Saa (hieroglyph) was also used to represent "to perceive", "to know" or "to be cognizant".

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