In ancient Egypt, Pharaohs believed in magic and the magical power of the written word in healing; they also believed in the ability of the word to destroy their enemies and those who attack them by any means. Among these protective tools, was the “Horus Magic Paintings”.
Egyptian archaeologist Dr. Hussein Bassir said that the statue of”Djedhor”, the healer, carved from black basalt, is one of the most famous pharaonic statues and is now preserved in the second floor of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square.
The wide fame of this statue came from rumors about its power, which claim that it is a magical statue. It dates back to the late Egyptian Pharaonic history. These paintings were used for many therapeutic purposes, especially the treatment of snake bites, scorpions and poisonous reptiles.
The symbols engraved on these paintings are intended to address the ‘other’ world, the or “dowat” in the ancient Egyptian language. It was the world in which the spirits go after death; it was also the source of everything and causes of all diseases. The priests in ancient Egypt were treating the sick by communicating with this other world. The statue of “Djedhor”‘ holds all the symbols in the magic Horus paintings.
The priest used to sit in front of the patient with a painting on which the child Horus straddles his feet with a pair of crocodiles pointing at each other. Crocodiles in the invisible world were a symbol of the latent danger that man could not see. The crocodile would lie under the surface of the water, until it attacks.
Horus placing his feet over crocodiles is a symbol to overcome the underlying causes of disease. Horus holds in one of his hands a lion, and in the other a gazelle, a symbol of ferocity and gentleness. And Horus stands in a balanced mode that was understood as secret of healing. In this perspective, disease is originally a disorder in the balance of man. What the symbols in the Horus magic paintings do is that they address the invisible world in symbolic language, and restore balance to the patient, which helps him to heal. Above Horus there is the head of the Lord “Ps” assigned with child protection. He protects the child Horus in his mission.
The statue of the priest, “Djedhor”, was completely covered with symbols that address the invisible world. The symbols of snakes and scorpions were among the most common ones in the statue. On the back of the statue was a picture of the God “Haka”, the symbol of cosmic magic.
The use of the painting was done through water, that is, the priests poured water over the statue and left it flowing in a small basin under the feet of the child Horus. The drops of water interacted with the symbols in the statue where the water would get charged with these strong symbols, and then would be given to the patients to drink or wash with; the energy of water gets to balance the patients’ body and help them to heal.
The statue had a very strong presence, with an energy that can not be ignored. This quiet smile can not be ignored on the face of the figure. It was a reassuring and peaceful smile. A positive energy would be transmitted by the statue strongly in the patients’ bodies and would helps them to heal. It was a miraculous pharaonic Egypt with irresistible magic.