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Apotropaic texts
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In Egyptian magic for warding off enemies, a figure made of clay, wax, wood or stone that resembled the fettered enemy was inscribed with the name of the person against whom the  spell was meant to work. Spell 37 from the coffin texts describes this process and instructs the person casting the spell to bury the figure in a graveyard after reciting a magic spell. These so-called apotropaic figures, whose inscriptions were aimed against individual persons (sometimes grouped with families), or especially against the spirits of the dead ( Dead, cult of the), were well known…

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Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin), “Apotropaic texts”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 07 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e104190>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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