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EGYPTIAN MAGIC. The Quest for Thoth's Book of Secrets (2012) by Maarten J. Raven

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EGYPTIAN MAGIC. The Quest for Thoth's Book of Secrets (2012) by Maarten J. Raven

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RAVEN, Maarten J. 

Egyptian Magic. The Quest for Thoth's Book of Secrets

Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2012. First Edition. Hardcover. Small square quarto. Blue cloth with silver spine titles. In original pictorial dust jacket. Color frontispiece. 208 pp. Color and black and white photographs throughout. 

Light rubbing to boards, else a near fine copy in like dust jacket. 

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This work was published on the occasion of an exhibition on Egyptian magic in the Museum of Antiquities in Leiden in 2011, by the curator of the Egyptian Department of the museum. 

The ancient Egyptians were firmly convinced of the importance of magic, which was both a source of supernatural wisdom and a means of affecting one's own fate. The gods themselves used it for creating the world, granting mankind magical powers as an aid to the struggle for existence. Magic formed a link between human beings, gods, and the dead. Magicians were the indispensable guardians of the god-given cosmic order, learned scholars who were always searching for the Magic Book of Thoth, which could explain the wonders of nature. Egyptian Magic, illustrated with wonderful and mysterious objects from European and Egyptian museum collections, describes how Egyptian sorcerers used their craft to protect the weakest members of society, to support the gods in their fight against evil, and to imbue the dead with immortality, and explores the arcane systems and traditions of the occult that governed this well-organized universe of ancient Egypt.