Ancient Egyptian Magic: A Hands-On Guide

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Unveiling the secrets of ancient Egyptian magic, this hands-on guidebook guarantees a mystical journey beyond imagination. 

In Ancient Egyptian Magic, Christina Riggs explores how the Egyptians thought about magic, who performed it and why, and also helps readers understand why we’ve come to think of ancient Egypt in such a mystical way.

Readers will learn how to cure scorpion bites, discover why one might want to break the legs off a stuffed hippopotamus toy, and uncover whether mummies really can come back to life. Readers can also learn how to save a fortune on pregnancy tests―urinating on barley grains will answer that question!― as well as how to use the next street parade to predict the future or ensure that an annoying neighbor Greg gets his comeuppance.

Was magic harmless fun, heartfelt hope, or something darker? Featuring demons, dream interpreters, the Book of the Dead, and illustrations from tomb paintings and papyrus scrolls, Riggs breathes new life into ancient magic and uses early texts and images to illuminate the distinctions between magic, religion, and medicine.


  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches