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Wednesday, December 08, 2004
  It Could Be Worse...
I'm reading about Ancient Egypt right now. It's somewhat dull, but every now and then I get to read something really bizarre, like this:
The dangers of the hereafter were now greatly multiplied, and for every critical situation the priest was able to furnish the dead with an effective charm which would infallibly cure him. Besides many charms which enabled the dead to reach the world of the hereafter, there were those which prevented him from losing his mouth, his head, his heart; others which enabled him to remember his name, to breathe, eat, drink, avoid eating his own foulness, to prevent his drinking-water from turning into flame, to turn darkness into light, to ward off all serpents and other hostile monsters, and many others...

Quoted in Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant, pg. 205
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:42 AM


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