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By E. A. Wallis Budge

A vulture tied to the neck of a mummy gave it the power of the goddess Isis … girls in principal Africa ate a frog to have huge households … A serpent head amulet may well thrust back venomous snakes … Ethiopians wore stones to maintain the Evil Eye away … Abracdabra healed a guy being affected by fever … Hebrew girls wore stones to avoid miscarriage … Emeralds cured ailments of the attention … Garnets safe guy from terrifying desires and dermis illnesses … Melitites warded off childish ailments … Moonstones secure males opposed to epilepsy … Rubies safe males from witchcraft, plague, and famine …
By a long way the main thorough, so much attention-grabbing assurance of amulets and superstitions is the current e-book via 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 characteristics; 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 through 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 lots more and plenty more.
Dr. Budge of the British Museum was once one of many leading 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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Some form of the belief that the gods of the Sumerians, Babylonians and Egyptians made use of amulets as protectors on urgent occasions made its way, probably at a very early date, into Ethiopia. In the Book of the Mysteries of Heaven and Earth we find an account of the rebellion of Satan against the Almighty. The Prince of Darkness mustered his troops and engaged in battle with the hosts of God. Twice the divine armies were repulsed and overthrown and Satan was about to assume the position of the conqueror of God.

It is natural to ask why amulets and talismans are so numerous, and so widely distributed over the earth, and what purpose they served? The answer to these questions is not far to seek. Early man lived days of misery and nights of anxiety and fear, not to say terror. To feed himself and his woman and their children was often difficult, and to avoid or overcome the beasts and reptiles which were his natural enemies must have taxed his wit and strength to the uttermost; and the fear of the unknown dangers of the darkness and night, when the beasts of prey were prowling round his cave or his thicket, added greatly to his misery.

12, 13, 19, 22) and the dream of Pilate’s wife proves that dreams were still regarded as legalized forms of divination. The waking dreams or trance of Peter (Acts x. 10) and Paul (Acts xxii. 17) were thought of in the same light by the early Christians. The pagan belief in the virtue which is latent in the shadow of a holy man is referred to in Acts v. ” The belief was common that there were healing powers in the apparel of holy men, and when the “ handkerchiefs and aprons” of Paul were brought and laid upon the sick, “ the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them” (Acts xix.

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