Monday, April 01, 2019

The latest on Coptic magic

THE COPTIC MAGICAL PAPYRI BLOG has begun a new series. Two posts are up so far:

Looking at the Coptic Magical Papyri I: Defining Magical Texts

Are the texts magical, amuletic, medical, or literary?

Looking at the Coptic Magical Papyri II: Formularies and Applied Texts
The distinction is fairly simple: formularies – also called handbooks or grimoires – contain one or more recipes for performing rituals. By contrast, applied or activated texts are objects – such as amulets or curse tablets – created in the course of these magical rituals.
Cross-file under — of course — Coptic Watch.

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