Ancient Egyptian spell book decoded in Australia

The book features a list of 27 spells to bring about success in business and love

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Wands and wizards aside, Australian scientists say they have translated a mysterious ancient book written in an Egyptian Coptic language only to find that it is a book of spells.

Researchers at the Macquarie University in Australia first uncovered the manuscript as part of an extensive papyrus collection in 1981 and now say they have translated the 1,300-year-old text, Live Science reported.

“Many such Coptic magical texts were copied or used within monastic communities, and the degree of ritual knowledge in the invocations makes clergy or monks logical candidates for their production,” Dr. Malcolm Choat, director of the university’s Ancient Cultures Research Center and one of the scientists who deciphered the text, told The Huffington Post. “But other ritual practitioners can be imagined, and of course the spells could have been cast on behalf of ordinary people who needed their problems solved.”

Along with Dr. Iain Gardner, a professor of religion at the University of Sydney, it was found that the book features a list of 27 spells to cure ailments and intended to bring about success in business and love.

“There are also spells for ‘Someone who is possessed,’ ‘Someone who is annoyed at you,’ ‘That a woman might conceive,’ ‘When someone has a magic on them,’“ Choat told The Huffington Post.

According to the report, the language in the book suggests that it was written in Upper Egypt.

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