By Gideon Bohak, Yuval Harari Shaul Shaked
This quantity brings jointly 13 experiences through as many specialists within the research of 1 or extra historical or medieval magical traditions, from historic Mesopotamia and Pharaonic and Greco-Roman Egypt to the Greek international, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It lays detailed emphasis at the recurrence of comparable phenomena in magical texts as some distance aside because the Akkadian cuneiform capsules and an Arabic manuscript got in Egypt within the late-twentieth century. Such similarities show to what quantity many alternative cultures percentage a mystical common sense that is strikingly exact, and specifically they express the recurrence of yes phenomena whilst magical practices are transmitted in written shape and infrequently defend, undertake and adapt a lot older textual devices.
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Cf. Hölbl 1993: 17–20) dating from the 3rd century BCE. ). Summing up, we find many instances of wishes for favor in Egyptian letters and greeting speeches of all periods. Typically, this is the favor of the gods. Wishes for favor before the king or high-ranking officials are relatively rare, and seem to be restricted to persons of particularly high social standing. This makes sense, because only the elite would be likely to come into contact with the king in a situation where his favor would be an important factor.
May your father Kheops favor you (ḥ si̯), may he promote your place in old age, may your Ka enchant things against your enemy, may your soul know the ways of yonder to the portals of the necropolis district”—a speech which is explicitly designated as “greeting of a prince” in the text. The high political standing of the addressee explains why favor before the king is mentioned here, whereas in other cases the letter-formula is restricted to wishing for the favor of the gods. We should note that the wish for a personal favored status is explicitly connected in this case with an antagonistic stance involving an anonymous enemy.
You have laid figurines of me with a dead man, You (have performed against me, have had performed against me: may Girra release). 27. You have laid figurines of me in the lap of a dead man, You (have performed against me, have had performed against me: may Girra release). 28. You have buried figurines of me in the grave of a dead man, You (have performed against me, have had performed against me: may Girra release). 29. You have handed over figurines of me to a skull, You (have performed against me, have had performed against me: may Girra release).
Continuity and Innovation in the Magical Tradition by Gideon Bohak, Yuval Harari Shaul Shaked