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The history of Egyptians Black Magic

September 9, 2017
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In the Egyptian saga, magic was amongst the major forces that made the world. Magic prevailed in every aspect of the ancient life of Egypt. All people and deities were known to possess such force in a certain degree, but there were regulations on how and why it can be used.

In the pharaonic Egypt, priests were the major magic practitioners. They were regarded as guardians of restricted knowledge given to them by God. The most respectable magic users were the lector priests who would read the ancient magic books kept in palace libraries and temples. In common stories, such priests were powerful enough to bring life into the wax animals or roll back the lake waters.

Lower status was granted to the scorpion charmers who had the capability to get rid of the poisons of reptiles and insects through magic. Nurses and midwives also involved magic in their skills and wise women were consulted on which deity or ghost was leading to troubles in a person’s life.

Black Magic Curses

Mainly the Egyptian magic was used for healing and protection, but many also practiced black or destructive magic. The names of Egyptian traitors and foreign enemies were engraved on tablets, figurines of bound prisoners or clay pots. Such objects were then broken, burned and buried in the credence that it would destroy or weaken the enemy.

In main temples, priestesses and priests practiced a ceremony to curse enemies. Images of enemies were drawn on papers or wax modeled and the images were trampled, burned and stabbed. Remainings were dissolved in urine buckets.

Magical figurines were believed to be the most efficient when they incorporated things from the victim like bodily fluids, hair or nail clippings.

Methods of Black Magic

The most auspicious time to practice magic was dawn and the magician needed to be in the condition of ritual purity. It involved refraining from sex before performing the ritual and keeping distance from people who were considered to be polluted, like menstruating women or embalmers. Preferably, the magician would bath and dress in clean and new clothes before casting a spell.

A very small percentage of the people of Egypt were completely literate, thus written magic was amongst the most prestigious. A spell generally comprised of two parts- action descriptions and the spoken words. The words spoken were to activate the powers of figurine, potion or an amulet, which might include bizarre ingredients like woman’s milk who had given birth to a male child or a black dog’s blood.

Protection from Black Magic

Jealous ghosts, foreign demons, sorcerers and angry deities were thought to lead to misfortunes like accidents, infertility, illness and poverty. Magic was practiced to provide a defense against those ills.

Shouting, making loud noises with rattles, stamping, tambourines and drums all were believed to drive away hostile forces from vulnerable women who were about to deliver their child or were pregnant. It was also done for children who were about to end their life due to a childhood disease.

All classes of Egyptians wore defensive amulet jewelry which would also endow them with prosperity, good health and long life.

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