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The Mechanics of Ancient Egyptian Magical Practice
To date, no comprehensive treatment of Egyptian magic has focused on the practice of the magician. Both general studies and textual publications have emphasized instead the religious elements in the contents of recited spells, while the accompanying instructions, with their vignettes and lists of materials, instruments, and ritual actions, remained uninvestigated. This ...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Oriental Institute Press
(first published June 1st 1993)
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This book was incredibly dense. I don't know how I ever sat down and thought I was going to read it outright. I think this is a great text on the practice of kemeticism, and I'm going to be reading it over and over for a long while. Next time, I won't read it on pdf though, I think that hindered my progress.
This amazing volume, more footnotes than text, makes a great read on several levels for those interested. It tackles many individual issues in Egyptology whose status may be unclear otherwise. The first two chapters attempt to define 'heka', which is usually translated as 'magic', which is dealt with at great length as well as the meanings of many other terms whose true meanings do not translate easily. It is one of the few publications that discuss the nature of pH nTr, the encounter with the ...more
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