Ancient Egyptian Magic
The Ancient Egyptians were surrounded by magic. From the mysterious rituals conducted by the priest to the strange incantations of the doctors. Their preoccupation with death, the supernatural, magic charms and magic spells permeated to all levels of society. Magicians chanted spells to cure ailments and ward off danger, illness and evil spirits.
Ancient Egyptian Magic - the Priest Magicians
The Ancient Egyptian priests were the main magicians and practitioners of magic in Egypt. The Ancient Egyptians believed that magic was closely associated with writing. Most magician priests were believed to have gained magical knowledge by studying ancient scriptures The priest magicians were surrounded in mystery. Priests were seen to be in possession of a secret knowledge which had been given to them by the gods. The death rituals and the spells known by the magician priests made them powerful.
Ancient Egyptian Magic and Spells
The Book of the Dead contained nearly 200 Magic Spells designed to help with overcoming the dangers of the underworld such as defeating fearful beasts, avoiding various traps and demons. These spells included transformation the ability to change into different beings such as a mythical phoenix or a honed snake.