Thoth was considered one of the more important gods. Thoth is an unusual god. Though some stories place him as a son of Ra, others say that Thoth created himself through the power of language. He is the creator of magic, the inventor of writing, teacher of men and the messenger of the gods. He is closely related to the Greek god Hermes because they are the messengers of the gods. Thoth’s role as mediator is well-documented. It is he who questions the souls of the dead about their deeds in life before their heart is weighed against maat’s feather.