We’re always in search of something that might bring us good luck, enlightenment or maybe even supernatural powers, whether it is from rituals or divine intervention.
The book of the Dead and mystical ancient Egyptian gods are the inspiration for our Book of Ra online slot game. Here we look at the top 5 ancient books that promised to bring otherworldly powers
The Book of the Dead is an ancient Egyptian funerary text that was used from around 1550 BCE to 50BCE. The book consists of a collection of spells that enable the soul of the deceased to safely navigate the afterlife so they can finally rest peacefully. The afterlife was believed to be a continuation of life on earth where one could find everything they lost in life and be able to enjoy it eternally. It wasn’t easy to reach this point though and the soul of the deceased needed guidance on where to go and how to address the gods. Therefore the Book of the Dead was considered a manual for the afterlife and was often buried with the dead.
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Much like the Book of the Dead, the Greek Magical Papyri, from the second century B.C, was a collection of spells, rituals and divinations. These included directions on how to open the underworld and protect yourself from wild beasts. Among the Papyri’s most famous passages is the Mithras Liturgy. This explains how one can ascend through seven higher planes of existence and communicate with deities.
Dating back to the 15th century, the Book of Abramelin the mage is one of the most prominent mystical texts to date. Written by Abraham von Worms, the book tells the story of how he me an Egyptian mage, named Abramelin, who taught him a system of magic. Abramelin taught Abraham the ritual entitled ‘the operation’, which consists of 18 months of prayer and purification. If this is strictly adhered to then you can get in touch with your Holy Guardian Angel who will grant you a wealth of powers, ranging from control of the weather to visions of the future.
Originating in the 16th century, the Arbatel de Magia Veterum is a collection of spiritual advice and aphorisms. Much like a mystical self-help manual, the book stresses the importance of Christian godliness, productivity, positivity and using magic for good instead of evil. Some of the teachings include “live for yourself and the Muses, avoid the friendship of the multitude” and “flee the mundane; seek heavenly things”.
Written in the 18th Century, the Black Pullet is a grimoire that teaches the science of magical talismans and rings. These are special objects engraved with mystical words that protect and empower the wearer. The author is unknown but the text takes on a narrative that focuses on a French officer during the Egyptian expedition lead by Napoleon. One of the most interesting magical components claimed in the book is the power to produce the Black Pullet, also known as the Hen that lays Golden Eggs. Anyone who can attain the Black Pullet will gain unlimited wealth.