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The ancient book "starts with a lengthy series of invocations that culminate with drawings and words of power," they write. "These are followed by a number of prescriptions or spells to cure possession by spirits and various ailments, or to bring success in love and business."
For instance, to subjugate someone, the codex says you have to say a magical formula over two nails, and then "drive them into his doorpost, one on the right side (and) one on the left.
The researchers believe that the invocations were originally separate from 27 of the spells in the codex, but later, the invocations and these spells were combined, to form a "single instrument of ritual power," Choat told Live Science in an email.
The origin of the codex is also a mystery. Macquarie University acquired it in late 1981 from Michael Fackelmann, an antiquities dealer based in Vienna. In "the 70s and early 80s, Macquarie University (like many collections around the world) purchased papyri from Michael Fackelmann," Choat said in the email.
But where Fackelmann got the codex from is unknown. The style of writing suggests that the codex originally came from Upper Egypt.
originally posted by: Baddogma
a reply to: theantediluvian
AND it's remarkable how many seemingly intelligent, educated people have stories about the seeming efficacy of magic... sometimes.
Personally, I keep a very open mind due to personal experiences. I hope it's all bullpucky, though, as vengeful people with even a modicum of...er 'magik' would open many doors better left shut.
originally posted by: Hanslune
The belief in magic takes many forms but its most common format today is known as religion.
originally posted by: NowanKenubi
a reply to: UnderKingsPeak
Maybe magic as you mean it is nothing more than an unknown mechanism of technology.
Look at it this way; you take different materials, and dispose them according to a certain predetermined design, and then, you add a programming through chanting, and you activate it, and it has a definite function. Just like an electronic part, or device.