The Origin and Growth of the Healing Art; A Popular History of Medicine in All Ages and Countries

The Origin and Growth of the Healing Art; A Popular History of Medicine in All Ages and Countries

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...Egyptian history. In the fourth Egyptian room of the British Museum there are specimens of scarabs, with the names of kings and queens dating B.C. 4400-250. The objects are not in all cases as old as the dates of the sovereigns whose names they hear. "The beetle was an emblem of the god Khepera, the selfcreated, and the origin and source from whence sprang gods and men. R5, the Sun-god, who rose again daily, was, according to an Egyptian myth, a form of Khepera; and the burial of scarabs with mummies probably had reference to the resurrection of the dead." Some large scarabs which were fastened on the breasts of mummies had inscriptions from the 30th chapter of the Book of te Dead. The deceased person prays: " Let there be no obstruction to me in evidence; let there be no obstacle on the part of the Powers; let there be no repulse in the presence of the Guardian of the Scale." Other amulets consist of papyrus sceptres, buckles of Isis, hearts, fingers, etc., in gold and precious stones. They are laid between the bandages of mummies to guard the dead from evil. Professor Lenormant explains the magical incantations which were used in connection with these talismans; they had to be " pronounced over the beetle of hard stone, which is to be overlaid with gold and to take the place of the individual's heart. Make a phylactery of it anointed with oil, and say magically over this object, 'My heart is my mother; my heart is in my transformations.' " 3 The ancient Egyptians were buried with their amulets as a protection against the evil powers of the other world. Mr. Flinders Petrie, excavating at the Pyramid of Hawara, discovered on the body of I-Ioruta a great number of these charms. He says: ...show more

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  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 404g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236950992
  • 9781236950994