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Ancient Egyptian 'magic spell' decoded

Tuesday 25/September/2018 - 02:05 PM
Sada El Balad
Edit by: Mohamed Emad

An ancient Egyptian papyrus with an image showing two bird-like creatures، possibly with a penis connecting them، has been deciphered، revealing a magic spell of love، according to Fox News.

"The most striking feature of [the papyrus] is its image،" wrote Korshi Dosoo، a lecturer at the University of Strasbourg in France، who published the papyrus recently in the Journal of Coptic Studies.

Dosoo estimates that it dates back around 1،300 years، to a time when Christianity was widely practiced in Egypt.

In the image، the winged creature on the left seems to be poking its beak into the open beak of its counterpart on the right — which also seems to have a nail through its head. A person's outstretched arms surround the creatures.

Both creatures are connected through what Dosoo said could be chains، bonds or a penis.

The creature on the right has two ears (or horns)، and both creatures have what look like feathers or scales on the front of their bodies.

The small differences between the two creatures may be an attempt to show sex differentiation، Dosoo said، noting that the creature on the right may be a female and the one on the left a male.

A magical spell written in Coptic، an Egyptian language that uses the Greek alphabet، surrounds the image.

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