Magic was a very highly respected force in ancient Egypt. The ancient people believed magic could solve almost any daily problem. They also believed that the more magic someone or something possessed the more powerful the person or object was. The ancient Eegyptians greatly valued magic as seen by its practice by the general public and having multiple gods of magic such as Heka and Isis. Comment by thomas.boyd: TS
Folk Magic was practiced very often by the general public of ancient Egypt. The people of ancient Egypt believed in the idea of magic so strongly that they could not fathom the idea of a life without it. Common people used magic almost daily. “Folk magic, practiced by the general populace, often included personal magic, such as that of ensuring fertility” (Seawright 2013). This type of magic was practiced often, since there was many women in ancient Egypt and they got pregnant sometimes. Magic had other uses than just for ensuring fertility. “Charms and spells were used to increase fertility, for luck in business, for improved health, and also to curse an enemy” (Mark 2017). Many of these charms were used by everyday people. This shows how firmly the ancient Egyptians believed in magic and the power it held for even just the average person. The presence of magic was so strong in ancient Egypt, that they worshiped gods of magic.
Their main god of magic was known as Heka. The name Heka refers to the god as well as magic itself. The god Heka had no formal worship of any kind unlike others gods who had their own cults. “Heka never had a temple, cult following, or formal worship for the simple reason that he was so all-pervasive he permeated every area of Egyptian life” (Mark 2017). This shows how people still believed in the power of Heka without worship. The ancient Egyptians trusted their doctors to call on Heka in order to help the doctor heal them. Some of Hekas power is still recognised today in medicine. “According to myth, Heka fought ...