Egyptian culture facts, Magic, Tas El-Khadda and using medical herbs

Facts about ancient Egypt culture

Egyptian culture was the first culture in the world to introduce some habits like Magic, Tas El-Khadda, and using the medical herbs to treat different diseases.

Here we will discuss some facts about Egypt cultures.

The first fact: Magic.

The second fact: Tas El-Khadda.

The third fact: Using Medical Herbs.

Magic in ancient Egypt

Magic in ancient Egyptian culture
Culture in ancient Egypt, scene represents Magic

The magic was an Ancient Egyptian root which extends to the remote past. An example of this statement was king Snefru who once upon a time felt frustrated bored and lonely.

To inhibit this condition, they advised the king to ferry in his barque through the stream with the royal gardens in the vicinity.

There were twenty girls in the barque, they were all in the nude except for a very thin “screen”. One of the oar-girls lost her turquoise jewel.

She stopped rowing but the king said to her “keep on rowing and I will compensate you for it. She refused and said, “I prefer my jewel than any other one”.

The king paused and immediately summoned the Magician who used his own and unique way to pick-up the lost jewel when he placed half the water in the stream over the other half.

Egypt culture: the fact about Magic in Islamic Egypt

The magic continued with the Muslims as in 672 the threshold of one of the palace gates “Bab al-Bahr” was to be demolished so that some pillars would be reused for some sultan premises.

A box contained some spells with magical formulae for Caliph al-Daher Ibn al-Hakim and the name of his mother, with names of the angels, prayers, spiritual names, aimed mostly at safeguarding the Egyptian territories and ports,

As well as to defeat the enemies, prayers to God to protect and safeguard Egypt and save it harmless against any invasion of any race.

The spell was sent to Sultan Rokn El-Din Beberis Al-Bondoqdary who preserved it in his belongings.

Egyptian culture facts: Tas El-Khadda

Tas El Khadda in Egyptian culture
Ancient Egypt culture, Tas El Khadda

Tas El Khadda as known by the public is also known as the magic Tas or Cup.

Many versions of this cup were made in the Islamic Ages, as the commoners have belief in their healing power.

The cup was usually ornamented with pictures of birds, magic spells and formulas, Quranic verses, and other eligible words.

Meanwhile, in the center of the Tas, a snail-like shape could be seen, and out of it descends about 40 small brass elements.

It was believed that the cup would become useless once any of these elements accidentally misplaced. These tiny rings represent the bells which help dismiss the evil spirits make the man and animals suffer.

The usage of Tas El-Khadda

Facts about Tas El Khadda
Tas El Khadda in Egypt culture

To use the Tas, they used to fill it with water exposed to open air all night.

In the morning the sick person was to drink the water and have this repeated for three or seven nights, and might continue for forty days.

Meanwhile, in the folklore Arts Center, a Ta is on display, and it dated back to the Ayyubid Dynasty 7th century, with inscriptions of Basmala.

Al-Ikhlas Chapter of Quran, as well as some magic drawings and symbols on the exterior surface.

While another one dated to 580 A.H./1184 A.D. inscribed with the purpose of healing to heal the serpent and scorpion stings, dog bites colic, and scare away the evil eye.

The usage of the Tas is dated to the Dynastic period. In the Egyptian Museum on display is a black granite statue on a pedestal for a magician priest “Zeger”.

He carved himself a statue and adorned it together with the pedestal with protective magic spells to avoid several illnesses.

When anyone suffered from sickness written in the spells, water was poured on the statue after which gained magic spell power.

The person was believed to heal once he or she sipped the water seeping to the pedestal.

The alabaster jar in the tomb of king Tut-Ankh-Amun on which edge a line of hieroglyphs was inscribed containing spells and formulas to protect the king and safeguard him, and to grant him happiness and health once the magic spells mix with the king’s drink in the netherworld.

The Egyptians nowadays undoubtedly inherited the Tas from their forefathers, since the properties of the Tas are the same regardless of the period, except for that additional purposes have been introduced nowadays such as the belief that the Tas heals the effects of shocks, sudden jolts, horror, fears of unknown causes, and fainting, which were not applied in the remote past.

A popular song once said: since you have bitten me you made my day, and I needed the Tas, while I was asleep, they brought me the Tas.

Thus statement proves that the Tas was a mean of healing equally and psychological illnesses. This custom considers a clear evidence of the distinction of ancient Egypt culture.

Egyptian culture: the fact about using medical herbs

The ancient Egyptians were interested in medicinal herbs and came up with a wide variety of healing formulas for different illnesses.

For example one of these helped the growth of the woman’s hair was written on Ebers papyrus.

According to this prescription, kharwa seeds were to be powdered, mixed with water to form a paste, diluted in oil and have the scalp rubbed with it.

Meanwhile, the ancient Egyptians used to cover the wounds and bruises with linen soaked in honey for four days to heal.

For a disease called “setit” a form of an epidemic and gastric illness, they prescribed warm milk and other additives.

Or “tam” and “amam” herbs in equal quantities after having them finely crushed, heated and snuffed.

Meanwhile, herbs were also known in Egypt in the post-Islamic era, since the excavation in Fustat had revealed several seals of glass measurements related to herbs such as white and red gilban, black lentil and henna for hair and dermatitis, aniseed and cactus.

On the other hand, the Arabs translated “the properties of drugs”. Some Muslim caliphs had botanical gardens full of medicinal plants and herbs. For example, Abdel Rahman Al- Dakil had such a garden near Cordoba.

Of the prescriptions mentioned in the properties of drugs, was the one given for flu, coughing and stomach tumors consisted of quarter and ounce of a bitter plant (morrah).

The materials were to be tied together in cloth, and syrup prepared and left for three days, then collected in a hygienic pot, and has it taken in the evening

Nowadays propensity to use medicinal plants still exists among diabetics, and there suffering from hypertension, dermatitis.. etc.

Magic, Tas El-Khadda, and medical herbs considered ones of the most exciting facts about Egypt culture.