By E. A. Wallis Budge
By a ways the main thorough, so much interesting assurance of amulets and superstitions is the current booklet via Dr. E. Wallis Budge. In it he offers a wealth of knowledge 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 features; 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 success numbers, sequences, magic squares); divination by way 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, earrings, symptoms of the zodiac, and masses more.
Dr. Budge of the British Museum was once one of many best Egyptologists of the 20th century. Dover additionally released a lot of his different works: The Dwellers at the Nile, Egyptian Magic, The Egyptian booklet of the useless, and The Gods of the Egyptians.
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CHAPTER XII. - SYRIAC AMULETS. CHAPTER XIII. - BABYLONIAN TERRA-COTTA DEVIL-TRAPS. CHAPTER XIV. - THE RING AMULET. CHAPTER XV. - STONES AND THEIR PROPHYLACTIC AND THERAPEUTIC QUALITIES. CHAPTER XVI. - THE IMPORTANCE OF COLOUR, SHAPE, AND FORM IN AMULETS. CHAPTER XVII. - THE SWSTIKA OR SVASTIKA. CHAPTER XVIII. - THE CROSS. CHAPTER XIX. - THE CRUCIFIX. CHAPTER XX. - THE EVIL EYE. CHAPTER XXI. - ABBÂLÂH. CHAPTER XXII. - ASTROLOGY. CHAPTER XXIII. - THE KABBALISTIC NAMES AND SIGNS, AND MAGICAL FIGURES, AND SQUARES OF THE SEVEN ASTROLOGICAL STARS OR PLANETS.
Then SET collected his powers of darkness and evil, and waged war against the Sun-god R and was defeated. He next set the monster PEP in the eastern part of the sky so that he and his allies might destroy the Sun-god R, and prevent him rising upon our world. R sent forth his rays and darts of fire and scattered the allies of PEP, and he cast a spell upon PEP himself which paralysed him and reduced him to impotence. The Sun-god rose in the heavens triumphantly and continued his course across the sky until the evening, when he disappeared into the darkness of night.
G. A. Crane, S. J. Wadlow and the Readers of the staff of Messrs. , for many practical suggestions which I have gladly adopted. E. A. WALLIS BUDGE. 21st October, 1930. I. CHAPTER I. THE UNIVERSAL USE OF AMULETS DUE TO MAN’S BELIEF IN THE EXISTENCE OF DEMONS AND EVIL SPIRITS. IN every place in our own country and in foreign lands where excavations on the sites of ancient cities have been made, the spade of the excavator has brought to light a number of objects of various kinds and sizes which we may call generally AMULETS and TALISMANS, and regard as the works of men who were believers in MAGIC.