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Her role as protectress is reflected in the Marian cult. It appears that, originally, the Egyptians, like some other peoples who practiced ritual cannibalism, thought that spiritual powers resided in the body and could be acquired by ingestion. There is no evidence, though, that such a view was more than speculative and ever acted upon. The king orders sacrifices, he alone controls them, the king eats humans, feeds on gods, he has them presented on an altar to himself, he has agents to do his will.

He fires off the orders! The king eats their magic, he gulps down their souls, the adults he has for breakfast, the young are lunch, the babies he has for supper, the old ones are too tough to eat, he just burns them on the altar as an offering to himself. Chief among them were the lector-priests, the only clerics who were fully professional since the beginning of recorded history. They were the keepers of the sacred books.

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Utterance of all the gods, [to] Amon-Re: "This thy daughter [Hatshepsut], who liveth, we are satisfied with her in life and peace. She is now thy daughter of thy form, whom thou hast begotten, prepared. Thou hast given to her thy soul, thy [ But there were also less exalted magicians who did not deal with life and death, but with more mundane problems like good luck charms, pest control or love potions.

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There was the sem priest Rewer before his majesty in his office of sem priest, responsible for the clothing. The ames sceptre which was in the hand of his majesty, touched the foot of the sem priest Rewer. His majesty said to him: "May you be well! Behold, his majesty said: "It is desirable to my majesty that he may be well, without a blow for him.

His majesty ordered to have it put in writing on his tomb which is in the necropolis. His majesty caused a record to be made about it, written in the presence of the king himself in the district of the palace, in order to write down according to what had been said in his tomb which is in the necropolis. He Ptah gave birth to the gods, He made the towns, He established the nomes, He placed the gods in their shrines, He settled their offerings, He established their shrines, He made their bodies according to their wishes.

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The dead and their resting place needed protecting too and, as history has proven, ancient curses turned out to be most ineffective The elder of the house of Meni, he says: A Crocodile against him in the water. A snake against him on land. He will do something against that same one. At no time did I do anything against him. It is God who will judge. Some mummies had dozens of scarabs packed into their bandages.

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    She became well immediately. Then said the spirit which was in her before Khonsu-the-Plan-Maker-in-Thebes: "Thou comest in peace, thou great god, smiting the barbarians I am thy servant. I will go to the place whence I came, to satisfy thy heart concerning that, on account of which thou comest Physicians, priests and magicians - no clear demarcation line appears to have separated these, to our eyes very different, callings - seemingly worked according to quite strict guidelines as to how the body was to be examined, how the results were to be interpreted and which treatments were to be performed and which were not.

    There are vessels in every limb of the body. When some physician, some sakhmet priest, some magician lays his finger on the head, on the back of the head, on the hands, on the place of the heart, on both arms and both legs, then he will feel the heart, as there are vessels in every limb of the body and it i. Ebers Papyrus, col. Then his majesty awoke, and he found them not. His majesty said: "Wherefore [has] this [come] to me?

    The two goddesses shine upon thy brow, the land is given to thee, in its length and its breadth. If the enemy came against him by sea, instead of sending out his sailors to fight them, he retired into a certain chamber, and having brought forth a bowl which he kept for the purpose, he filled it with water, and then, having made wax figures of the ships and men of the enemy, and also of his own men and ships, he set them upon the water in the bowl, his men on one side, and those of the enemy on the other.

    He then came out, and having put on the cloak of an Egyptian prophet and taken an ebony rod in his hand, he returned into the chamber, and uttering words of power he invoked the gods who help men to work magic, and the winds, and the subterranean demons, which straightway came to his aid. By their means the figures of the men in wax sprang into life and began to fight, and the ships of wax began to move about likewise; but the figures which represented his own men vanquished those which represented the enemy, and as the figures of the ships and men of the hostile fleet sank through the water to the bottom of the bowl, even so did the real ships and men sink through the waters to the bottom of the sea.

    In this way he succeeded in maintaining his power, and he continued to occupy his kingdom in peace for a considerable period. He recited a spell to him and bound an amulet on him, to prevent the sorceries of the Nubians from gaining power over him.

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    He [went] out from Pharaoh's presence, took his offerings and libations, went on board a boat, and hastened to Khmun. He went to the temple of Khmun, [made his] offerings and his libations before Thoth, the eight-times great, the lord of Khmun, the great god. He made a prayer before him saying: "Turn your face to me, my lord Thoth! Let not the Nubians take the shame of Egypt to the land of Nubia!

    It is you who [created] magic [spells]. It is you who suspended the sky, who founded the earth and the netherworld, who placed the gods with Let me know how to save Pharaoh [from the sorceries of the] Nubians! Thus in one divination spell a boy who has not been with a woman as medium was required, in another one could address the moon being pure for three days.

    In a temple which specialised in mummifying hawks there was a major scandal when it was discovered that the mummies contained anything but hawks. Theourgia, appears to be the most likely place to find self-identification with deity and the use of voces magicae.

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    Self-identification with deity in magical acts as part of ancient Greek magical practice prior to the PGM is not evident. The Greeks speculated that humans and gods "had the same mother", but a huge gap existed between them. From ancient times to the latest date of the PGM, Greek notions about the relationship between human existence and divine existence took a variety of forms [ 23 ,] but never followed the Egyptian pattern of the possibility of declarative divine identity. The ancient Greeks believed that communion with the gods was possible as in the Eleusian and Dionysian mysteries [ 24 ] and Empedocles declared he had the knowledge to make himself immortal.

    For the Egyptians, the divine appears to be immanent in the world. The world of humans and gods were not seen as being decidedly different. Human activity continued after death and Gods, embodied as the Pharoah, lived in human society. Magical practice was merely clarifying what already exists. For the Greeks, magic was a conduit for communication and communion with deity or a process whereby the soul could be purified through direct contact with the Divine.

    Egyptians had only to affirm a state of being through speech to create the sought reality. A lead tablet inscribed with the Ephesia grammata dates to the 4th c BC and they were said to be used spoken as an apotropiac charm while walking in a circle around newlyweds. For him [Empedocles] - everything - even the words spoken by a man of understanding has an existence, intelligence and consciousness of it's own. Orpheus healed human pathos with poems and the lyre, while Pythagoras could chant his disciples to sleep and heal body and soul through musical words. For the actual author s of the PGM, the notion of the magical potency of language could have been very strong indeed coming out of both the Egyptian and Greek magical traditions.

    According to Egyptian literature Coffin text, spell , Heka existed "before duality had yet come into being. The "cannibal pharaoh" must devour other gods to gain this magical power. Eventually, Heka was elevated to a deity in his own right and a cult devoted to him developed. By the Coffin Texts , Heka is said to be created at the beginning of time by the creator Atum. Later Heka is depicted as part of the tableau of the divine solar barge as a protector of Osiris capable of blinding crocodiles.

    Then, during the Ptolemaic dynasty , Heka's role was to proclaim the pharaoh's enthronement as a son of Isis, holding him in his arms. Heka also appears as part of a divine triad in Esna , capital of the Third Nome , where he is the son of ram-headed Khnum and a succession of goddesses.

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    His mother was alternately said to be Nebetu'u a form of Hathor , lion-headed Menhit , and the cow goddess Mehetweret , before settling on Neith , a war and mother goddess. As Egyptologist Ogden Goelet, Jr. The text uses various words corresponding to 'magic,' for the Egyptians thought magic was a legitimate belief. As Goelet explains: " Heka magic is many things, but, above all, it has a close association with speech and the power of the word.