An Egyptian Handbook of Ritual Power (as researchers call it) has been deciphered revealing a series of invocations and spells. It includes love spells, exorcisms and a cure for black jaundice (a potentially fatal infection). Written in Coptic (an Egyptian language) the 20 page illustrated codex dates back around 1,300 years. This image shows part of the text. (Photo by Ms. Effy Alexakis, copyright Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre)
Australian researchers have deciphered an ancient Egyptian handbook, revealing a series of invocations and spells.