Ancient Egyptian Lamps & Lighting, magic and the Hebrew Menorah (draft)

Astro Egypt

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Summary

There is a mysterious absence of lamps in ancient Egypt, ie very few artificial lights or lamps turn up in archaeological digs.  The lack of examples is explained by the use of floating wicks, an innovation of the Ancient Egyptians. The floating wick system does not require a special or distinctive pot to contain the olive or other flammable oil. An Egyptian lamp will therefore look like any other pot. Until the invention of glass, Egyptian lamps were made of stone such as alabaster or ceramic such as terracotta. It seems likely that ritual objects in shrines were lit from below by a bowl containing several floating wicks or possibly placed in a special niche. The wick, made from twisted vegetable fibres is a common hieroglyphic sign. There is an important connection between this sign and Egyptian magick. This is also emblematic of later magick where for example  in Islam the magician is…

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