Isis - The Book of the Dead (Spells 156 - 158)

Spells 156 - 158
The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead (Coming Forth by Day)
As Translated by R. O. Faulkner

Note: According to Faulkner the three spells below are part of a group of vignettes from an unnamed funerary papyrus, showing a thet knot amulet, a golden vulture collar and golden collar with falcon head terminals which are to be placed upon the mummy of the deceased to give protection.

Spell 156

Spell for a knot-amulet of red jasper

"You have your blood, O Isis; you have your power, O Isis, you have your magic, O Isis. The amulet is a protection for this Great One which will drive away whoever would commit a crime against him."

To be said over a knot-amulet of red jasper moistened with juice of the ‘life-is-in-it’ fruit and embellished with sycamore-bast and placed on the neck of the deceased on the day of interment. As for him for whom this is done, the power of Isis will be the protection of his body, and Horus son of Isis will rejoice over him when he sees him; no path will be hidden from him, and one side of him will be towards the sky and the other towards the earth.

A true matter; you shall not let anyone see it in your hand, for there is nothing equal to it.


Spell 157

Spell for a golden vulture to be placed on the neck of the deceased

"Isis came, she halted at the town and sought out a hiding-place for Horus when he came out of his marshes … [text missing] ... awoke in a bad state and painted his eyes in the god’s ship. It was commanded to him to rule the Banks, and he assumed the condition of a mighty warrior, for he remembered what had been done, and he engendered fear of him and inspired respect. His great mother protects him and erases those who come against Horus."

To be spoken over a golden vulture with this spell inscribed on it; it is to be set as a protection for this worthy spirit on the day of interment, as a matter a million times true.


Spell 158
 
Spell for a golden collar to be placed on the throat of the deceased

"O my father, my brother, and my mother Isis, release me, look at me, for I am one of those who should be released when Geb sees them."

To be spoken over a golden collar with this spell inscribed on it; it is to be set on the throat of the deceased on the day of interment.

 

 

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