M is for Magic
Ancient Egyptians believed that magic (or heka) was used by the creator to make the world. Everyone was thought to possess this, but there were rules about how it could be used.
- Priests were believed to be the main users of magic in ancient Egypt. It was believed that they were given this secret knowledge by the gods. The most respected users were the Lector priests, who were able to read ancient books of magic kept in temples and palace libraries.
- These priests would perform magical rituals in order to protect their king, and to help the dead to rebirth. Eventually, their role was taken over by magicians (or hekau).
|An Amulet depicting the eye of Horus|
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- Other magic uses were the scorpion charmers, who would use their magic to get rid of poisonous reptiles and insects.
- Midwives and nurses were believed to use magic also, as well as wise women, who were usually consulted about ghosts.
- Amulets were believed to be a source of magic power.