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Gurzil Dispels the Darkness

Subject: Religion

(Libya) Gurzil, the sun god, was worshiped among the Huwwara of Tripolitania well into the eleventh century, long after the Arab conquest. This deity was a protector, a guide, ...

Animal Husbandry

Animal Husbandry   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

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Current Version:
2005

...manifested in the form of slow bone development, anemia, microdefects in dentition, and premature osteoporosis in juveniles and in young, adult females. Information available on hunter-gatherers and early agriculturalists, exemplified by the few cases presented here, should help dispel the traditional Western myth of the hunter-gatherer life always near the brink of starvation but the early agricultural life as one of leisure. In fact, it may raise the question of why animal husbandry flourished in an environment as rich as that of the Nile Valley. Origin of...

Magic

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

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2005

...headache, eye disease, scorpion sting, internal disease, and rectal problems. As in the Middle Kingdom, medical treatments also appear in the purely magical papyri of Ramessid date. Papyrus Leiden I 348 includes incantations for head and stomach aches, accelerating childbirth, dispelling bad dreams, and healing burns. The cosmopolitan nature of New Kingdom and Ramessid society favored the incorporation of foreign elements within Egyptian magical treatments, and spells in Northwest Semitic dialects and even Cretan speech (Linear A) are recorded in Papyrus...

Psalms, Hymns, and Prayers

Psalms, Hymns, and Prayers   Reference library

Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls

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2008

...to supplant the covenant renewal ceremony prescribed in the Rule of the Community (1QSb and 1QSa, the Rule of the Congregation for “the end of days,” are appended to 1QS, the Rule of the Community). Magical Incantations. The Qumran corpus contains hymns to God which were used to dispel demons and thus functioned as incantations. These may be contrasted with magical formulae which address the demons exclusively and, therefore, are not prayers. Songs of the Sage (4Q510–511). These are doxological hymns pronounced by a sage ( maskil ) “to frighten and terrify”...

Tutankhamun

Tutankhamun (1355–1346bce)   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

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2005

... (r. 1372–1355 bce ), who in all probability was his father. Information is lacking about Tutankhamun's mother, but since no document from his reign names her, she may be presumed to have died before his accession. The suspicion that Tutankhamun could have been a usurper was dispelled in 1922 by the discovery of his tomb; the examination and analysis of his mummy revealed that he was a teenager when he died (and thus a child at his accession, since he reigned about a decade). Small-scale objects from his tomb, made for a child-king, confirm his tender age...

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