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Unformatted text preview: s he inevitably has to recover from his illness • Mother iden0ﬁed with Isis; target also with other gods II. Analogy of the actor For the 0me of his magical act, the magician turns himself into a par0cular deity the power of which becomes available to him. “I am Isis / I am Horus” etc. By iden0fying himself with a deity, the magician acquires the total of powers of the respec0ve god or goddess (e.g. with Heka himself). He does not decline responsibility, he takes full responsibility for his ac0ons. Analogy pa0ent – Horus child "Horus on the crocodiles" stelae Analogy of the object – Egyp0an amulets Objects des0ned to protect the living or dead individual (to enliven him/her, provide with power etc.) Fulﬁll their func0on when the accompanying magic act (the spell recited with the placement of the amulet) was carried out correctly Unfortunately, these instrucJons are lost in all but very few cases –> makes it almost impossible to decide what precise signiﬁcance a par0cular amulet possessed Old categories proposed by Petrie useless! Scarabs Bes Several examples of amulet instrucJons Book of the Dead Spell 160: »I am the amulet of feldspar which the hand of Thoth himself carries.« Importance of materials and colours – either...
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