Egyptian books written under the dictation of Thoth (the
Egyptian Hermes), the scribe of the gods. Iamblichus gives their number
as 20,000, but Manetho raises it to 36,525. These books state that the
world was made out of fluid; that the soul is the union of light and
life; that nothing is destructible; that the soul transmigrates; and
that suffering is the result of motion.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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