Mysterious ‘Spellbook’ From Ancient Egypt Decoded
A mysterious ancient book written in an Egyptian language called Coptic has puzzled researchers ever since it was first found as part of an extensive papyrus collection at Macquarie University in Australia in 1981.
But now, two Australian scientists say they’ve finally translated the 1,300-year-old text, and it turns out that the text is a book of spells, Live Science reported.
The mystery remains, however, as to who wrote the book and used the spells.
“Many such Coptic magical texts were copied or used within monastic communities, and the degree of ritual knowledge in the invocations makes clergy or monks logical candidates for their production,” Dr. Malcolm Choat, director of the university’s Ancient Cultures Research Center and one of the scientists who deciphered the ancient book, told The Huffington Post in an email. “But other ritual practitioners can be imagined, and of course the spells could have been cast on behalf of ordinary people who needed their problems solved.”
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The ancient book housed at Macquarie University.
Choat and his colleague Dr. Iain Gardner, a professor of religion at the University of Sydney, found that the text includes ritual instructions and a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503531700-1" —> Read More Here