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.