A 1,300 Year Old, Egyptian Book of Spells Has Been Deciphered


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Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered (Live Science)

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How did the Egyptians in the 8th century A.D. cast a love spell, exorcise a demon or subjugate their enemies? A recently translated codex reveals 27 different spells that were combined for form a “single instrument of religious power.” The book was written in the Coptic language, an adaptation of Greek script, at a time when many Egyptians were Christians. In fact, the book contains many invocations that refer to Jesus Christ.

What is interesting is that several of the invocations seem to originate from a group who called themselves “Sethians.” This was a group that flourished in Egypt during the early centuries of Christianity. They held Seth, who they believed to be the third son of Adam and Eve, in high regard. One invocation refers to Seth as the living Christ.

What is interesting is that before Christianity came to Egypt, Seth was one of the chief Gods of Upper Egypt. He was a desert God of war and strength. (He was also demonized in other parts of Egypt).

This Sethian Cult eventually died out, but it is interesting to see how Pagan ideas and Christianity were blended together in the early days of Christianity.

I think some of the articles about this topic are misleading however, because they call the book an “Ancient Egyptian” book of spells. Since this codex was written in the Christian and Islamic Era, I would hardly say that it was “Ancient History.” I’d be more likely to call it Medieval History.

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7 responses

  1. anders

    Could they be related to the Medes? The fun starts at 7:50.

    November 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm

  2. Reblogged this on hocuspocus13 and commented:
    jinxx xoxo

    November 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm

  3. Cool!

    November 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm

  4. lelahb39

    interesting!
    thanks for sharing!

    November 24, 2014 at 8:44 pm

  5. Reblogged this on Owls and Orchids and commented:
    An interestingly different view of historical spellcraft. Thought provoking. .

    November 24, 2014 at 11:12 pm

  6. I would agree on the question of “how ancient” we are talking about. It probably should have been called something like the “Early Coptic Book of Spells”. Most, if not virtually all, of the “ancient” Egyptian texts would have been written in the familiar hieroglyphics as is found in most of the very ancient tombs, labyrinths, and temples.

    Might still be s fascinating read being that the early Copts still practiced some of the ancient methods and arts until the big push from the Vatican and the more modern churches to ban those practices outright.

    I may have to check into this one sometime.

    – Rev. Dragon’s Eye

    November 25, 2014 at 2:19 am

  7. Reblogged this on The Unwiccan_witch and commented:
    Absolutely amazing. So much knowledge and experience just Opened Up!

    November 27, 2014 at 7:52 am

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