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Egyptian Vessel Divination

by Michelle Belanger

The following is taken from the Leyden Papyrus, a collection of magical spells from Hellenic Egypt compiled around 300 AD. The spell, a technique for using a divining vessel, appears on Columns I-III of the papyrus. I have used the original as inspiration, sticking to the text when practical, but otherwise interpreting the ancient material for a modern audience. I have taken the greatest liberties in fleshing out portions of the text that were incomplete or incoherent in the Thompson and Griffith translation either due to the state of the manuscript or to confusion on the part of the translators. Some of the incomplete passages I’ve dropped entirely as many were merely repetetive strings of foreign names or simply extended epithets of various gods the ritualist is called upon to identify himself with in order to establish his power.

Read the original article at: House Kheperu

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