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Magic in Ancient Egypt

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The Egyptians were famous in the ancient world for their knowledge of magic. Religion, medicine, technology, and what we would call magic coexisted without apparent conflict, and it was not unusual for magical and practical remedies for illness, for example, to be used side by side. Everyone resorted to magic, from the pharaoh guarding his country with elaborate magical ...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by University of Texas Press
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May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Geraldine Pinch always writes interestingly and lucidly of all things ancient Egyptian. I am a huge fan of all her books, and this one is no exception. If you are looking for an erudite though clear explanation of the ways in which the ancient Egyptians defined and used magic, this is the book for you.
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: egypt, history, magick
This is a beautifully produced book that gives an overview of what is known about magic in ancient Egypt. Its breadth is greater than its depth but that depth isn't shallow at all. It's organized thematically and each chapter explores its subject extensively without being too wordy. The book is illustrated with photos of objects from collections all over the world that you won't see in most books on ancient Egypt. The author's approach is scholarly rather than mystical but understanding of the ...more
James F
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ancient, near, east, egypt, religion
This is a popularly written but academic, not occult, account of the texts and practices of Magic in Ancient Egypt.
Teri Uktena
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This has a lot of good information in it, mainly in the first half, but also suffers from what appears to be unexamined bias. The author ridicules later era complicated rituals as probably just CYA for the "magician". Who doesn't want an easy excuse for when things don't go as planned? *sigh* Techniques, tools, and practices which are in common use today in indigenous cultures and those which do not separate religion/politics/daily life are amazingly similar to what is described here. However ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Provided a thorough overview of all the different aspects of Egyptian magic, complete with evidence and photographs. I found the sections on statues and the dead particularly informative. There were a rather large number of typos which was irritating but the actual substance of the book was interesting.
Julianne Legge
May 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
A brief description of the mechanics of ancient Egyptian magic practice. Useful to neopagans looking to expand their theurgical repertoire. But not much of anyone else.

What this book lacks is an introductory discussion of the holistic paradigm of the Ancient Near East. The reader needs to be able to take in the book's information with an ancient Egyptian's weltenschaaung (which will still be difficult to do, since Pinch flits between millennia without much concern). Without this, the imagery of
Ann L.
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Ann by: New Age/Health Bookstore
Shelves: non-fiction, history
If you're a beginner on learning about Egyptian history, magic, and all things Egyptology, this is not the book to start reading first. Definitely for the advanced reader on this subject. It's a very dry book. Very informative and interesting in some aspects though. The pictures are black and white. Make sure to check the back of the book for what some of the terms mean before reading the book.
Ender Wiggin
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
The book was interesting, but since the chapters were all grouped by subjects with no importance given to timeline, it was frustrating for me to read.
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