Talk to explore the mysterious subject of magic in Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptian magic in action: the beaky ibis-headed god Thoth presents life and renewed kingly power to the deceased pharaoh Seti the First, in a carved and painted scene in Seti's temple at Abydos in Egypt.'Picture by Mick Oakey SUS-180221-092710001
Ancient Egyptian magic in action: the beaky ibis-headed god Thoth presents life and renewed kingly power to the deceased pharaoh Seti the First, in a carved and painted scene in Seti's temple at Abydos in Egypt.'Picture by Mick Oakey SUS-180221-092710001

This Saturday (February 24) the strange and mysterious subject of magic in Ancient Egypt will be the subject of a Sussex Egyptology Society (SES) talk in Horsham.

London-based professional Egyptologist Dr Joanna Kyffin, who will be giving the illustrated presentation, says: “Magic in ancient Egypt has been long neglected by Egyptologists, relegated to the footnotes of books on Egyptian religion”.

Egyptologist Dr Joanna Kyffin SUS-180221-092658001

Egyptologist Dr Joanna Kyffin SUS-180221-092658001

It was regarded by Greek and Christian cultures as a sort of dangerous witchcraft, but to the Ancient Egyptians it was a completely normal and very important part of daily life. Joanna’s talk will explore this difference between the traditional perception and the ancient reality.

The event will start at 2pm at Forest School Business and Enterprise Centre in Comptons Lane, with doors open from 1pm.

SES vice-chairman Mick Oakey said: “Our monthly meetings usually attract between 50 and 100 people, and in addition to members we welcome non-members and visitors — who pay £5 entry, refundable if they join the society. We also have Egypt-related magazines and other goodies for sale, and books from our library available to browse.”

For more information, visit the society’s website at www.egyptology-uk.com, or call Mick on 01403 710794.