By E. A. Wallis Budge
By a long way the main thorough, such a lot attention-grabbing assurance of amulets and superstitions is the current booklet by means of Dr. E. Wallis Budge. In it he offers a wealth of data at the origins of amulets and talismans of many cultures and traditions: Arab, Persian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Egyptian, Ethiopian, Gnostic, Hebrew, Mandaean, Phoenician, Samaritan, and Syriac. He discusses ring amulets, terra cotta devil-traps; stones and their prophylactic and healing traits; the significance of colour, form, and shape in amulets; the Swastika; the move; the crucifix; the evil eye; the Kabbalah; astrology; the seven astrological planets; theories approximately numbers (good and undesirable good fortune numbers, sequences, magic squares); divination by means of water, earth, or sand; fortunate and unfortunate days; the hand of Fatimah; contracts with the satan and envoûtement. The textual content is profusely illustrated, with many reproductions of amulets, stones, prayers, crosses, numbers, seals, gods, jewelry, symptoms of the zodiac, and masses more.
Dr. Budge of the British Museum was once one of many most well known Egyptologists of the 20 th century. Dover additionally released a lot of his different works: The Dwellers at the Nile, Egyptian Magic, The Egyptian publication of the useless, and The Gods of the Egyptians.
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But He answered him not that day” (1 Sam. xiv. 37). And again, “When Saul enquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urîm, nor by prophets” (1 Sam. xxviii. 6). In desperation Saul consulted the witch of Endor and a day or so later met his fate. The witch herself, before she obeyed his commands, reminded him that he had “ put away those who had familiar spirits, and the wizards out of his land” (1 Sam. xxviii. 3). Now although the Law decreed that there should not be in Israel any one who used divination, or observed times, or who was an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard or a necromancer (Deut.
The greater number of the modern Egyptians are MUAMMADANS, but though they confess many times daily their belief in the almightiness of ALLÂH, their fear of evil spirits is very great, and they resort to many forms of magic for protection for themselves and their families and their beasts and cattle. R, the self-created, self-existent, and everlasting Sun-god, who caused his material body to come into being by pronouncing his own secret NAME, which was unknown to mortal ever. THOTH, the mind and tongue of R, the Word-god, through whose utterances all things material come into being.
Excessive “ Scrying ” is harmful to the sight, and excess in the use of the ball of crystal should be carefully avoided. The skilled “ gazer” can obtain just as good results for the enquirer by gazing into a mirror, or into water or a cup or bowl, or pail, or a pond, or water or ink cupped in the hand. The belief in the existence of WITCHES has perished in our land, although at a few outlying districts in Western Scotland and Ireland “ spae women” (or “ wise women ”) are said still to be found.