Magic and Mystery in Ancient Egypt

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Folklore, temple and tomb paintings, and hieroglyphic texts are drawn upon to explore the potent and pervading legacy of magic and ritual in ancient Egypt, a legacy that has survived to the present day. To the Egyptians, magic was an exact science with rules that were necessarily observed to placate the gods, ensure good fortune, cure the sick, and guarantee a safe passage through the underworld. This book provides insight into the full meaning of rituals that were designed to ensure health and happiness, ...
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Folklore, temple and tomb paintings, and hieroglyphic texts are drawn upon to explore the potent and pervading legacy of magic and ritual in ancient Egypt, a legacy that has survived to the present day. To the Egyptians, magic was an exact science with rules that were necessarily observed to placate the gods, ensure good fortune, cure the sick, and guarantee a safe passage through the underworld. This book provides insight into the full meaning of rituals that were designed to ensure health and happiness, preserve life, and smooth the moments of passage -- birth, marriage, death, and the continuum of years.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780285634626
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2004

    Ancient Egypt's Living Legacy?

    MAGIC AND MYSTERY IN ANCIENT EGYPT is a very informative text, however, the author, Christian Jacq, feels compelled to include a guide to the ¿mysteries and magic¿ of ancient Egypt. In the time-honored hokey literary tradition of Carlos Castendas and Lyn Andrews, Jacq includes a wise guide in the form of a snake charmer of Luxor, but the guide gives no information; he just says, ¿Oh, yeah, we still do that.¿ He also gives general useless ¿wisdom¿. Most of the knowledge gathered in this book is from written sources dating from no later than the mid 1970s. So why the device? I don¿t know. It makes one doubt his reliability, and I would, if I hadn¿t read other books on Egyptian magic and religion. Basically though there are many other more helpful and better written books that don¿t give the unnecessary spin of the mystical that this author gives. Some of the information on the Egyptian astrology was speculative and unhelpful. There are ten very short chapters, an appendix, epilogue, index, bibliography, and notes. If you have to take this book or leave it, I say leave it. ¿ Leslie Strang Akers.

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