mythology, Saa (also spelt Sia) was
the deification of wisdom, which is what
his name means, in the Ennead
cosmogeny. Due to the connection between
wisdom and writing, Saa was often shown
holding a papyrus, the plant from which
a form of writing paper was constructed.
As the concept of wisdom, Saa was often
invoked to protect the heart (which the
Egyptians believed was a recorder of actions)
in the underworld.
It was later said that Atum split
this aspect from himself by extracting blood from his own
penis and turning it into Saa and Hu,
the deification of the word of creation. Due to this shared
birth, and the strong conceptual connection between wisdom
and words of creation, Saa and Hu were
considered boyfriends. The more expansive concept of the two,
this gruesome birth lead Saa to often be invoked to protect
the genitals of the dead.
When Atum and Ra were later identified
as each other, becoming Atum-Ra, Saa became also the offspring
of Ra, in which capacity he is more frequently mentioned.
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