- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: British Museum Press; 01 edition (1 Sept. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0714109711
- ISBN-13: 978-0714109718
- Package Dimensions: 23.8 x 17 x 1.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,143,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Magic in Ancient Egypt (Egyptian) Paperback – 1 Sep 1994
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The Egyptians were famous in the ancient world for their knowledge of magic. Religion, medicine, technology and what we would call magic co-existed without apparent conflict in Egypt, and it was not unusual for magical and practical remedies for illness, for example, to be used side by side. Magic was resorted to by everyone, from the pharoah guarding his country with elaborate magical rituals to the expectant mother wearing an amulet to safeguard her unborn child. Spells and magical objects were usually employed to protect the living or the dead, rarely for malign purposes. This book examines the connections between myth and magic, and the dieties - particularly the goddess Isis, and the protective lion-demon Bes - who had special magical importance. The techniques of magic, its practitionars and the surviving magical texts are discussed, as are the objects which were used in magic: figurines, statues, amulets and wands. A chapter is devoted to medicine and magic, and one to magic and the dead. Finally, Dr Pinch shows how elements and influences from Egyptian magic survived in or were taken up by later societies, right down to our own century.
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The teaching of how the act of identification "transfers a human problem to the sphere of the gods, so that cosmic forces such as heka can be used to resolve it" is pivotal.
I look forward to reading this again in further detail, thank you for this great contribution to our understanding of Ancient Egyptian magic.
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