Thoth=s figure majestically dominates the background in the middle of our trictrac design. The image of Thoth (Tahuti, Dhouti, Tehuti, Techu, Thaut, Thout, Thouti, Zhouti) in the logo is endowed with a head of an ibis. On his head, there is a crescent moon and a lock of hair which symbolises youth. He wields a sceptre with his right hand and a cruciform emblem of life in his left hand. Thoth was a self-produced and self-begotten god who was initially the lunar god before assuming also the function of a deity of dawn. He was a multi talented figure: divine messenger, healer, inventor of letters and numbers, regenerator, scribe of the gods, regulator of time, magician, pathfinder, architect, judge etc. He was usually portrayed with a head of an ibis or a baboon which are animals that chatter to greet the dawn. Apart from his psychopompous role of conducting the souls to the netherworld, he also appeared on the tombs reading men=s deeds in order to pass judgement. His emblems were the stylus, the bear, the ink pot, the lunar disk, the tau cross, the ankh or symbol of life, the axe, the scales etc. His name is probably derived from the oldest Egyptian name for the ibis, tehu. The ti was added to demonstrate that a king called Tehuti possessed the attributes of the ibis. According to certain linguists, the Old English word thoht for Athought@ is derived from Thoth. He was the master of writing, languages, laws, annals, calculations etc. and the patron of scribes, scholars and magicians.
As a group of young scholars of the rainbow nation that has just emerged from its chrysalis, aspiring to understand the world as it was in the past and how it looks today, it seemed appropriate to adopt, as our insignia, the trictrac which symbolises the intricacies of the world and the African deity (our ancestor) as the patron of our intellectual venture for knowledge, writing, etc. As the Italian puts it in his broken Latin: Chi va piano, va sano, chi va sano va lontano (He who walks slowly walks safely, he who walks safely will go far), we hope to get there...
Logo conceived by SH Madondo and Designed by Elsabe Viljoen(UNISA Press).