Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy New
$9.99
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
Details
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Egyptian Magic has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Egyptian Magic Paperback – August 1, 2005

4.5 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

See all 42 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback, August 1, 2005
$9.99
$9.70 $12.98
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
$79.00

The Underground Railroad
The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more
$9.99 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Temporarily out of stock. Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Egyptian Magic
  • +
  • The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Papyrus of Ani in the British Museum
  • +
  • The Gods of the Egyptians, Volume 1
Total price: $38.90
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

In this classic work, first published in 1899, one of the most prolific Egyptologists of the Victorian era offers his renowned insight into the magical power names, spells, and talismans held for the ancient Egyptians. How did beliefs that predated the worship of deities come to become associated with controlling gods and goddesses? How did magical amulets ward off evil spirits? What role did scarabs serve in bestowing immortality?

The writings of E.A. Wallis Budge are considered somewhat controversial today because of his use of an archaic system of translation, but useful illustrations and an abundance of information make them necessary works for students of ancient civilizations as well as those of the evolution of historical study. This entertaining overview of the connection between religion and magic in ancient Egypt remain a vital resource today.

About the Author

E. A. Wallis Budge, the author of numerous books, was once the Keeper of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiques in the British Museum.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics; First Thus edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596052155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596052154
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,463,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Brian D. Baird on September 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
Unlike most of Budge's other works, this is written for the layman to understand. Though he still cannot resist showing off his skills as a scholar, one doesn't need a vast knowledge of Hebrew, Greek, Coptic, and Arabic alphabets to gain the book's full value (I often wonder if at some point in his career Budge didn't "sell out," writing books that people outside Oxford and Cambridge would want to read.). Virtually every amulet and talisman is covered, along with their proper use and materials they were made from. As always, the introduction and stories Budge gives are fascinating as well, giving tales not generally told in modern times and the various mechanics of how the Egyptian priests and magicians performed their magic. One can see why Budge's work is still in print, as he offers the reader a maximum of research and scholarship with none of the new-age BS that is so common in such books written today.
Comment 47 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
To get complete satisfaction from this book you need to read it along with its companion book Egyptian Religion. These two books together go a lot further in explaining the myths, the reasons for and the usage of Egyptian artefacts than many other books which would cost you twice as much for half the pleasure.
Comment 27 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Budge is known among Egyptologists today for being cited again and again by amateurs. His works—this one was originally published in 1901—are badly out of date, but they show up everywhere because they're out of copyright. The problem is still more serious when Budge discusses religion, the study of which changed dramatically in the mid- to late 20th century.

Egyptian Religion, a companion volume to this one, mostly covers aspects of Egyptian religion that Budge and his readers found sympathetic (i.e., those that resembled Christianity). This one is mostly about what he calls near the outset "gross and childish superstition"—a classic example of the way people use "religion" to refer to beliefs and practices that they like and "magic" for those they don't. The book lumps together all kinds of miscellaneous practices, as shown by the title of the last chapter: "Demoniacal Possession, Dreams, Ghosts, Lucky and Unlucky Days, Horoscopes, Prognostications, Transformations, and the Worship of Animals." Other topics covered include mummification and funerary rites, amulets, spells, and the power that the Egyptians ascribed to names, demonstrated with overlong quotations from ancient Egyptian stories.

Most of what Budge says isn't exactly wrong, but there are better and more recent books on the subject. Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt discusses all types of Egyptian religious practices. Bob Brier's
...Read more ›
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on September 3, 1997
Format: Paperback
You ever wonder what the ankh meant? Or how about the scarab? This is the book you need. Everything from amulets, to talismans are destribe within the pages of this collection. From practical uses , to the magical power they had within, descriptions of ceremonies and all are here. Take this book home in your shopping cart, all you lovers of Egyptian culture
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This book covers magic amulets, and incantations, and the use of wax figurines, and the use of painted images, and the power of religious prayers and rituals, and demonic possession, and ghosts, to name just a few areas the book delves into. This is a short book but gives an amazingly broad overview of ancient Egyptian magic practices and beliefs. Budge includes the words to many magic spells, so you can see exactly what the Egyptians believed would have effect, and he talks a good bit about the gods and the magic they employed, and he discusses sorcerers and their brand of magic. He talks about the belief system of the ancient Egyptians and what they expected from their magic spells and what they wanted from a magician. He compares priestly magic to magician magic and describes how they differed. He gives us eyewitness accounts of magicians at work and testimony about how various magicians accomplished their feats of magic. All of this is very interesting, even gripping at times, and I walk away from this book feeling much more knowledgeable about ancient Egyptian magic. Even though it's more than 100 years old, it is still informative and fascinating to read. Highly recommended.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on November 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was originality published in 1901 in a series called "Books on Egypt and Chaldaea". Needless to say, the information in this book is quit outdated. There are numerous errors in the text and some quite obvious. With that said, I think the book was interesting, and especially like the explanation of some of the spells in the "Egyptian Book of the Dead".
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I enjoy what Budge has written over the years. His style for me is one that is relateable. Despite the controversy surrounding him and his techniques when it comes to antiquities, his books provide a great insight into the realm of the ancient world.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: mythology books