The tomb of an Egyptian scribe full of anti-bite charms
The tomb of an Egyptian scribe full of anti-bite charms: An ancient tomb in Egypt is filled with magic spells, not to protect the belongings in the tomb, but to protect the tomb owner from snake bites.
Archaeologists recently discovered an ancient tomb dating back 3,000 years in Abusir in northern Egypt. Magic spells were written on the wall to protect the owner of the tomb from being bitten by poisonous snakes. The owner of the tomb was a scribe and also suffered from occupational diseases caused by sitting for a long time. and osteoporosis.
According to “Arkeonews”, archaeologists from the Czech Institute of Egyptology (CIE) discovered an ancient tomb in Abusir in April and May 2023, with magic spells written in it to protect the tomb owner from snake bites.
The tomb owner has acute osteoporosis
The owner of this ancient tomb is Dzehutiemhat, who owned this medium-sized and richly decorated tomb. Dzehutiemhat was a royal scribe during his lifetime.
Comparing the bones unearthed from the tomb, Jehu Timhat was about 25 years old when he died. He had occupational diseases caused by spinal abrasion, which may have been caused by being forced to sit for long periods while copying, and he also had acute osteoporosis.
Notably, the north wall of the cemetery contains a series of charms to protect against snake bites. The spell was important for protection at a time when venomous snakes were a constant threat, and the spell also portrayed snakes as powerful guardians of the dead and their mummies. Renata Landgrafova, director of the Czech Institute of Egyptology, pointed out that on the south and west walls of the tomb, there are pictures of sacrificial rituals and a long list of victims.
Located between Giza and Saqqara, the Abu Sir archaeological site is famous for its extensive necropolis and pyramid complex, dating back to the Old Kingdom period of 2686-2181 BC. The tomb is the burial place of high-ranking officials and military commanders of the 26th and 27th dynasties of ancient Egypt.
It is reported that there are hieroglyphs in the center of the tomb, some of which are taken from the Book of the Dead, an ancient Egyptian tomb book in which incantations and magical formulas are written; while the sarcophagus is engraved with pictures of the goddesses Isis and Nephthys.
The report said that these spells and inscriptions were to protect Jehu Timhat and enter the afterlife smoothly and safely. This discovery not only reveals the turmoil of the time but also sheds light on the fascinating beliefs and rituals of the ancient Egyptians in the 6th and 5th centuries BC.
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