By E. A. Wallis Budge
By a ways the main thorough, such a lot interesting assurance of amulets and superstitions is the current publication by way of 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 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 good fortune 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, indicators of the zodiac, and masses more.
Dr. Budge of the British Museum was once one of many prime Egyptologists of the 20th century. Dover additionally released lots of his different works: The Dwellers at the Nile, Egyptian Magic, The Egyptian ebook of the lifeless, and The Gods of the Egyptians.
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Extra resources for Amulets and Superstitions: The Original Texts With Translations and Descriptions of a Long Series of Egyptian, Sumerian, Assyrian, Hebrew, Christian
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. CHAPTER XXIV. - THE STARS OR SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC AND THEIR INFLUENCES, THE HOUSES OF HEAVEN AND THE DEKANS.
All these amulets base their appeal to the Divine Powers for virility, fecundity, preservation of the family, success and well-being on the belief of their makers and wearers in the triumph of the Power of God over the Satans of every age and country, and the victory of Good over Evil, Law over Chaos, and Light over Darkness. The wearers of many of them may be said to have performed acts of worship when they wore them, and should have won the approval of their spiritual pastors and masters. It is probable that in Babylonia, Assyria and Egypt amulets were designed and made by workmen attached to the great temples, and that the inscriptions on them were drafted by the priests and engraved by employés in the temples.
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Amulets and Superstitions: The Original Texts With Translations and Descriptions of a Long Series of Egyptian, Sumerian, Assyrian, Hebrew, Christian by E. A. Wallis Budge