By E. A. Wallis Budge
By a ways the main thorough, so much attention-grabbing insurance of amulets and superstitions is the current booklet via Dr. E. Wallis Budge. In it he provides a wealth of data at the origins of amulets and talismans of many cultures and traditions: Arab, Persian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Egyptian, Ethiopian, Gnostic, Hebrew, Mandaean, Phoenician, Samaritan, and Syriac. He discusses ring amulets, terra cotta devil-traps; stones and their prophylactic and healing features; the significance of colour, form, and shape in amulets; the Swastika; the go; the crucifix; the evil eye; the Kabbalah; astrology; the seven astrological planets; theories approximately numbers (good and undesirable success numbers, sequences, magic squares); divination through water, earth, or sand; fortunate and unfortunate days; the hand of Fatimah; contracts with the satan and envoûtement. The textual content is profusely illustrated, with many reproductions of amulets, stones, prayers, crosses, numbers, seals, gods, jewelry, indicators of the zodiac, and masses more.
Dr. Budge of the British Museum used to be one of many ultimate Egyptologists of the 20th century. Dover additionally released a lot of his different works: The Dwellers at the Nile, Egyptian Magic, The Egyptian ebook of the lifeless, and The Gods of the Egyptians.
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And again, “When Saul enquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urîm, nor by prophets” (1 Sam. xxviii. 6). In desperation Saul consulted the witch of Endor and a day or so later met his fate. The witch herself, before she obeyed his commands, reminded him that he had “ put away those who had familiar spirits, and the wizards out of his land” (1 Sam. xxviii. 3). Now although the Law decreed that there should not be in Israel any one who used divination, or observed times, or who was an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard or a necromancer (Deut.
Dozens of instances of a similar character might be quoted. In the West, too, many great and distinguished men had a firm belief in the power of their amulets to protect them. The late Czar of Russia attached great value to a ring which contained a piece of the wood of the True Cross; the ring had protected his grandfather, but on the day in which he forgot to take the ring with him he was assassinated (SHARPER KNOWLSON, Origins of Popular Superstitions, p. 156). Mr. J. D. Rockefeller, a Nonconformist, has for years carried in his pocket an “ eagle stone” in a hollow in which there are concretions which rattle when the stone is shaken.
The insatiable desire to know the future was and still is a deep-rooted instinct in man, and many kinds of divination were practised in the earliest times. Some amulets were believed to make the wearer dream dreams in which his future would be revealed to him, but as few men were satisfied with their own interpretations of their dreams, a class of professional interpreters of dreams came into being. The interpreters of dreams and omens were usually members of the priesthoods of the temples, and were men of solid learning, but in country villages impostors and charlatans were many.