- Paperback: 406 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226044475
- ISBN-13: 978-0226044477
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation: Including the Demotic Spells: Texts (Volume 1) 2nd Edition
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The Greek Magical Papyri arrived a little later than I expected, but it was worth the wait. I haven't looked at every spell, but I recognized some of the material from 'The Mithras Liturgy' in respect with Mithras, whose various complex and unique names of divine light and divine fire were replaced in this Papyri to a lesser differentiated and aggregate collective name of 'Apollo' or 'Sol', and possibly to the angelic name of 'Michael'.
I am, however, elated at owning it at last... I recommend its study along with 'The Papyrus of Ani' and the ' The Mithras Liturgy'. The three should be purchased together. I recommend purchasing The Mithras Liturgy edition that is paraphrased in Greek so that these divine names can be studied in its respective language.
The material in the papyri is rich and varied. It ranges from high magic and theurgy, such as rituals and hymns to invoke Gods for revelation, all the way to spells, curses, and other material usually classified as "low magic". These These texts are at the root of Western magic. In this book you will find, for instance, the original "Bornless ritual" (pg 103), a magical invocation that was made famous by Israel Regardie and Aleister Crowley. Also found in Betz's book is possibly the oldest magical text attributed to Moses: the 8th Book of Moses (PGM XIII), a fascinating text full of magical names, rituals, and esoteric traditions, and rich in occult theories regarding the 7 Greek vowels. It is otherwise unrelated to the much more recent 6th and 7th Books of Moses, an 18th century magical text.
In short, The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation is an indispensable book for every occultist, a treasury of wisdom at the heart of the western mystery tradition.
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Simple mistakes are made; for example, Sekhmet is confused with Bastet ("Cat...Read more