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Newly Translated Egyptian Papyrus Reveals Evil Spells of Coercion, Love Incantations and Healing Recipes
2016-05-22 22:59:14 GMT
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Some ancient Egyptian papyri have recently been translated and were found to be magic incantations intended to cast love spells, treat disease and force people to do the bidding of the person casting the spell. All the person buying the spells had to do was fill in the name of the person targeted. For other spells, the person prepared a concoction of bird excrement. In others, demons and Gnostic gods were summoned.
Scholars from several institutions worked to translate the spells, which were in ancient Greek. The spells, which date to about the 3rd century AD, are in the Oxyrhynchus Papyri Collection of the Egypt Exploration Society at Oxford University in England. The papyri were written in many ancient languages, including Greek and Egyptian scripts. They were discovered in the city of Oxyrhynchus on the Nile River in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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