By: Ali Abu–Dashish, Norhan Mahmoud
CAIRO, Mar. 12 (SEE)- Do you think ancient Egyptians’ magic is so robust that it curses anyone who rattles their monuments? Well, even Archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass could not aver an answer to this lingering question, in spite of his long-thought excavating experience.
To pharaohs, sorcery or Heka was not just a set of tricks and abracadabras. But, a sacred practice of spiritual roots with priests being the greatest magicians.
What Hawass is confident of is that pharaohs opted for witchcraft to safeguard themselves along their way to the afterlife.
“Undoubtedly, the meaningless texts engraved inside cemeteries are bewitched spells,” said Hawass. “These words might have lost their wizardly effectiveness with the annihilation of hieroglyphics. Maybe, they still keep their powers!
The pyramids’ texts are the most popular of them all. “These hymns and religious spells have been recorded on the nether burial chambers of kings and Queens since the 5th pharaonic dynasty’s era, exactly during the reign of King Un-is, almost 4200 years ago.
Hawass believes that although they have been discovered for more than a century, “the jaunt to resolve the conundrums of the pyramids’ texts is still too long.”
It was not only about inscribing talismans to attain protection. Actually, kings had to recite the utterances to pull safe and sound through gates, overpassing serpents and other predatory creatures blockading the route.
“Memorizing the incantation would enable them to utilize sun rays as ropes, helping ascend to heavens,” explained Hawass.
“What is really thrilling is that one can discern the underlying magical energy of the pyramids’ texts while observing the graffiti of human bodies drawn unconnected to their limbs and head.”
The same is for serpents which are either carved with their bodies and head apart or with a knife shedding over the top of their heads.
This prodigy of incising mascots sparks off archaeologists. “Illations behold that such depiction was inspired by the pharaonic belief that creatures could be enlivened and harm the sleeping mummy,” elaborated Hawass.
“That’s why many reckoned that texts still have powers, leading to the death of various excavators and archaeologists.