Amulets and Talismans by Sir E. A. Wallis Budge

By Sir E. A. Wallis Budge

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The men and women who openly made themselves servants of the evil spirits he regarded as MAGICIANS and WITCHES, and he believed that they as well as the evil spirits could, at will, do him incalculable harm, and compass his death. As time went on his fear of evil spirits did not diminish ; on the other hand, it increased, and each generation became more devil-ridden than its predecessor. The civilized Sumerians, Baby­ lonians, and Egyptians, like the savages or half-civil­ ized peoples who were their neighbours, were as much obsessed by the fear of evil spirits as their savage ancestors who had lived in Mesopotamia and Egypt some thousands of years before them.

But one lady paid £so for a pretty blue glazed porcelain scarab of Queen I:I atshepsut because she believed that she was a reincarnation of the Great Queen, and had in herself the divinity of the god Amen her father. And another lady paid a large sum for a pretty scarab of Queen Ti because she believed that she was a reincarnation of that beautiful woman, whom xxxvi PREFACE in features she thought she resembled. On the other hand many owners of scarabs have changed their opinions, and because they regarded them as sources of ill-luck and misfortune have presented them to the British Museum.

As the gods complained to him that there was no one to worship them or to bring offerings to them, MARDUK, 6 AMULETS AND TALISMANS after consultation with the other gods, determined to create man . He proposed that one of the gods should be sacrificed, so that the others might be rendered free of service, and the gods decided that KINGU should suffer death because he had been the commander-in-chief of the forces of evil which had opposed MARDUK. Thereupon KINGU was seized and bound in fetters, and slain, and EA fashioned man from his blood for the service of the gods.

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