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TECHNIQUES OF GRAECO-EGYPTIAN MAGIC (2014) by Stephen Skinner (Deluxe Edition)

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TECHNIQUES OF GRAECO-EGYPTIAN MAGIC (2014) by Stephen Skinner (Deluxe Edition)

395.00

SKINNER, Stephen.

Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic (Deluxe Edition)

Singapore: Golden Hoard Press, 2014. First Edition Hardcover. Quarto. Issued without dust jacket. Deluxe limited edition of 100 numbered copies signed by Stephen Skinner on decorative limitation card tipped onto reverse of front endpaper. This is copy #70. Quarter ivory leather with red leather boards. Pictorial end papers. Red page marker ribbon. 388pp. 42 black and white illustrations plus more than 60 tables.

Some browning to the leather on spine otherwise a near fine copy.

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An analysis of the more than 60 magical methods to be found in the Egyptian Papyri Graecae Magicae. This book provides detailed instructions on dealing with divinities, daimones, spirits and even the dead, using evocation, invocation, skrying, dream techniques, talismans, amulets, defixiones (curse tablets), sacrifice and spirit offerings, ensouling magical statues and consecrating rings. It also explains the necessary protection for the magician, the circle and phylacteries. Magical objectives include love (by attraction, compulsion, insomnia and ‘love’s leash’), health, invisibility, foreknowledge and memory. There are detailed sections on bowl and lamp skrying, the sending of dreams, encountering a god, and the Mystery rites for fellowship with the gods. First steps include the invocation of the paredros, the daimon assistant and the correct purity and fasting procedures. 

Egypt was at the heart of magic, and the Graeco-Egyptian papyri are the clearest and most extensive documentation of some of its earliest methods. These papyri were the handbooks of practicing magicians who lived during the first five centuries of this era. But attempting to read the Graeco-Egyptian magical papyri in Hans Dieter Betz's English translation The Greek Magical Papyri in Translationis a daunting task, as they seem to be in no particular order (except for papyrus number). Furthermore the papyri are a mixture of many different techniques, with minor snippets mixed in with serious and long invocations, many without the basic instructions needed to perform these rites. Stephen Skinner discovered that in the original Greek, they have a perfectly logical structure, as the scribes have in most cases used a headword to indicate what kind of rite was involved. This headword has however mostly been lost in translation. What Stephen Skinner has done here is to separate and tabulate each of the techniques used by Graeco-Egyptian magicians, throwing an enormous amount of light on these very practical texts. In many cases the translator has taken the easy way out and just used words like 'spell' or 'charm' to translate dozens of different technical words which are necessary for understanding exactly what is going on. Skinner has rectified this by extracting each of these specialist Greek terms for different magical procedures and, showing what they really mean, and has divided up the papyri into its constituent methods, so that the reader is directed to the specific passages relevant to his interest. The result is more than a guide to the papyri, it is a complete survey and explanation of the functioning of the types of Graeco-Egyptian magic, often noting where such techniques appear again in the later grimoires.