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p. 564. ‘I know you, I know your names’ Coffin Texts, Spell 407locked

  • Penelope Wilson


The name of a person in Ancient Egypt was believed to contain the essence of that person. The knowledge of the name could bring to light the being of that individual, for either good or bad. If someone had sufficient status to have their name in hieroglyphs, the extra magical power of the hieroglyphs added an extra dimension. ‘‘I know you, I know your names’ Coffin Texts, Spell 407’ considers the relationship between names, hieroglyphs, the image we have of Ancient Egyptians, and status. Hieroglyphic texts invoke meaning and symbolism in new ways. The Ancient Egyptians were fond of word play and hiding meanings in their script. The play on words and ideas was a multi-sensory experience to the Ancient Egyptians.

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