Egyptian Magic: The Quest for Thoth's Book of Secrets

Egyptian Magic: The Quest for Thoth's Book of Secrets

by Maarten J. Raven

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Overview

A beautiful and informative overview of ancient Egyptian magic, superstitious beliefs, and the occult, expertly written and illustrated

The ancient Egyptians were firmly convinced of the importance of magic, which was both a source of supernatural wisdom and a means of affecting one’s own fate. The gods themselves used it for creating the world, granting humankind magical powers as an aid to the struggle for existence. Magic formed a link between human beings, gods, and the dead. Magicians were the indispensable guardians of the god-given cosmic order, learned scholars who were always searching for the Magic Book of Thoth, which could explain the wonders of nature.

Egyptian Magic, illustrated with wonderful and mysterious objects from European museum collections, describes how Egyptian sorcerers used their craft to protect the weakest members of society, to support the gods in their fight against evil, and to imbue the dead with immortality, and explores the arcane systems and traditions of the occult that governed this well-organized universe of ancient Egypt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789774169335
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 934,370
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Maarten J. Raven is curator of the Egyptian Department of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden (the Netherlands). He has organized numerous exhibitions on pharaonic culture.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Preface 7

1 A PRESENT OF THE GODS 11

Cosmic wisdom or black art? 11

A struggle for life and death 12

The leading actors 18

2 THE MAGICIANS OF EGYPT 29

Witches and medicine men 29

High school for magicians 31

The major league 37

3 SURFING THROUGH THE UNIVERSE 47

The cosmic Internet 47

In quest of the laws of nature 51

Knowledge gives power 52

Sacred incisions 55

4 THE PRACTICE OF MAGIC 59

Showing one’s colors 59

Knowledge of commodities 60

The right time and place 66

Pulling the strings 68

5 BOOKS OF MAGIC 75

A magical toolbox 75

On the track of Khaemwas 77

An end and a new beginning 83

6 THE SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM 91

Women and children first 91

Doctor for invisible diseases 93

Home insurance 98

For better or for worse 99

7 THE VIGILANT AUTHORITIES 109

Battle at the temple gates 109

Playing for high stakes 112

Life out of death 118

Sex and violence 121


8 A MAGICAL FUNERAL INSURANCE 127


The troublesome dead 127


Going out by day 130


The body as microcosmos 133


The daily bread 136


9 ETERNAL LIFE 145


Defying death 145


Travel nerves 150


At the weight watchers’ 153


The quest for enlightenment 156


10 A CHANGING WORLD 163


Oriental wisdom 163


A Christian varnish 167


Jinn and buried pearls 174


11 ‘ENLIGHTENED’ EUROPE 183


Between witchcraft and Egyptomania 183


Moses and the sting-fish 187


Good chemistry 192


Thoth’s book of magic rediscovered ! 199


Chronology 203


Concise bibliography 204


Index 206

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