Ancient Egyptian Magic

A Hands-On Guide

Christina Riggs

In the ancient world the magicians of Egypt were considered the best. But was magic harmless fun, heartfelt hope, or something darker? Whether you nee

English edition
224 pp.
100 illustrations
20x12.5cm
ISBN 9789774169809
For sale only in Egypt

In the ancient world the magicians of Egypt were considered the best. But was magic harmless fun, heartfelt hope, or something darker? Whether you needed a love charm, a conversation with your dead wife, or the ability to fly like a bird, an Egyptian magician had just the thing. Christina Riggs explores how the Egyptians thought about magic, who performed it and why, and also helps readers understand why we’ve come to think of ancient Egypt in such a mystical, magical way in the first place.

This book takes Egyptian magic seriously, using ancient texts and images to tackle the blurry distinctions  between  magic, religion and  medicine. Along the way, readers will learn how to cure scorpion bites, why you might want to break the legs off your stuffed hippopotamus toy, and whether mummies really can come back to life. Readers will also (if so inclined) be able to save a fortune on pregnancy tests by simply urinating on barley seeds, and learn how to use the next street parade to predict the future .

 

Christina Riggs

Christina Riggs is a historian of archaeology, photography, and ancient Egyptian art. She is professor of the history of art and archaeology at the University of East Anglia and a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford University. Her books include Unwrapping Ancient Egypt and Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture: A Very Short Introduction.
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