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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; First Paperback Edition edition (December 16, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688007961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688007966
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] dazzling array of age-old mysteries." -- Dallas Morning News

About the Author

Bob Brier is a world-famous Egyptologist who has conducted research on pyramids and tombs in fifteen countries. A senior research fellow at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, he is the author of seven books, including The Murder of Tutankhamen, and hosted the Great Egyptian series for the Learning Channel.

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
The reader who gave this book a bad review probably didn't understand the nature of Egyptian magic in the first place, which could explain why nothing "worked" for him or her. Without the guidance of God behind it, Egyptian magic truly is nothing more than a few odd herbs and some mumbled phrases and it is indeed true that if you want to perform your heka without the touch of the source behind it, then you would do best to avoid this book.
For historical purposes, this is a very useful tome. For others, you may find this of some use as well. Brier is a touch sensational -- as always -- but he has a fondness of Egypt that comes through quite clear in his writing style and it's rather obvious that he loves the land of the pharaohs even if he himself does not completely understand it....
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57 of 71 people found the following review helpful By L. Blumenthal VINE VOICE on October 28, 2001
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Brier, who wrote the wonderful MURDER OF TUTANKHAMEN, has written a book that is clearly dismissive of the religions and high culture of Egypt. In Brier's eyes, Egyptian religion was nothing but a silly lot of superstition. In fact, there is a highly symbolic nature to a great deal of Egyptian spritual thought that goes beyond a literal meaning of the hieroglyphs. Indeed, sounds were believe to hold vibratory magic, and anyone with sensitivity can read this in the hieroglypic texts. To read Brier, one would think that all they did was wear amulets to prevent illness and prepare disgusting mixtures for miraculous healing.
Surely, there were a large number of Egyptians who believed in all sorts of superstions, but Brier does not balance this fact with any of the many graceful, beautiful prayers that adorn the tombs. Surprisingly, good old Sir Wallis Budge summarizes Egyptian magic much better in his EGYPTIAN MAGIC. Budge has been considered outdated for many years, but his work still forms the basis of modern Egyptology.
All in all, this book was disappointing.
Lynn
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 1999
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If you're looking for a "New Age Spell book," you'd best look elsewhere. If you are interested in an accurate and non-sensationalized accounting of the actual spiritual beliefs of Ancient Egypt, this book is well worth the money. Fascinating.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Francesca Jourdan on June 14, 2000
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This book explains the various usage of Ancient Egyptian magic in medicine, hieroglyphs, spells, amulets and religious texts. The author, writing in a clear comprehensive style, demonstrates the importance of magic and its practice in this fascinating ancient civilization. It is an excellent introduction for a beginner's journey into the mystic of Ancient Egyptian magic.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 4, 2004
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This book is a wonderful resourch book on what the Ancient Egyptian practiced as magic. This is a scholarly book, rather than a magickal one. It is clear that the author knows his stuff, and is well written. It gives insight to what the Egyptians beleived, and in most cases, why the beleived in that manner.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 1999
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This book is a must read for anyone interested in learning a different interpretation of the practices of the ancient Egyptians. Truth? We don't know. Compelling argument and evidence? Most definately.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Samuel H. Wilson Jr. on March 9, 2006
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Professor Brier's book "Ancient Egyptian Magic" is a systematic short course and introduction to the spiritual belief ideas of the ancient people of Egypt. The work is accessible for the general reader. The thoroughness and clarity of Brier's work is helpful to understand the relationship the Egyptians had to the netherworld. Effusive kudos!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly S. Kenton on July 14, 2002
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I found this book helpful in how Egyptians viewed their Religion I practice Egyptian magic myself.I found some of the spells helpful and got information on how to write my own.I am a Anth./Arch. student,I useally don't put much faith in mainstream Egyptologists but I like Bob Brier on TV and in my opinion he is one of the more open minded Egyptologists.By reading what has been found so far it helps me to create my own rituals.It's an easy read and even has some humor in it I recomend it to anyone interested in Egyptian Magic
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Affectionately known as "Mr. Mummy," Dr. Bob Brier is recognized as one of the world's foremost experts on mummies and Egyptology. As Senior Research Fellow at LIU Post in Brookville, New York, he has conducted pioneering research in mummification practices and has investigated some of the world's most famous mummies, including King Tut, Vladimir Lenin, Ramses the Great, Eva Peron (Evita), Marquise Tai (Chinese noblewoman), and the Medici family of Renaissance Italy. Bob Brier's new book "EGYPTOMANIA" is now available.

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