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These are a special set of Egyptian texts, as well as objects and rituals that accompany them, used to act as either preventative or punitive magic against the enemies of Egypt. They provide a familiar framework from which to start learning about the specifics of Egyptian magic, in that they resemble our notion of “voodoo dolls”. How did they work? Why were they used? How did the object reflect the worldview of the Egyptians?

Required Texts

Readings come from several articles published in recent years and Excerpts from Ritner, R. K. (1993), The Mechanics of Ancient Egyptian Magical Practice.
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