Category Archives: Magic

The Egyptian Book of the Dead; what Egyptologists have to say and an imaginative reinactment

For you upcoming weekend enjoyment, a reposting of this popular blog. The following videos dramatize a bit of the life of the 19th century Egyptologist E Wallace Budge and his discoveries in Egypt; together with brief remarks by several 20th and 21st … Continue reading

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Rats and Related Creatures – Now, and in Graeco-Roman Egypt

Revised 21 May 2014   Saturday, as I was walking along the road to the village, I heard a ‘thunk – plop’ – and saw, out of the corner of my eye, something black falling from a nearby tree.  It … Continue reading

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Amulets and Intermediaries in Egypt and Elsewhere, Pt.2: The Moulid of Deir al-Adra-1

One year (while living and studying in Upper (Southern) Egypt) I was invited by friends living in the small town of Samalut to attend the annual moulid (festival and feast) of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin, which took place … Continue reading

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Amulets and Intermediaries in Egypt and Elsewhere, Pt.1: Confronting the Afrit

A variety of amulets, charms, and other means of warding off pernicious spirits – as well as propituating the help of benevolent spirits and saints – have been common in Islam, Judaïsme, and Christianity throughout the Middle East, North Africa … Continue reading

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An Ancient Egyptian Magical Spell to Protect a Young Lady from Everything

Revised 18 May 2014 The Third Intermediate Period of Egyptian history (ca. 1070 – 720 BC) was characterized by a breakdown of central authority and resulting multiple kings – and these dislocations were accompanied by changes in religious and magical … Continue reading

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