Monday, December 9, 2013

Magic in Ancient Egypt By Geraldine Pinch

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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, and it was not unusual for magical and 'practical' remedies to be used side by side. 

In this newly updated edition, Dr Pinch examines the connections between myth and magic, and the deities such as Bes and Isis who had special magical importance. She discusses the techniques of magic, its practitioners and the surviving magical texts, as well as the objects which were used in magic: figurines, statues, amulets and wands. 

Finally, she shows how the influence of Egyptian magic has continued right up to the 21st century.

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