Excerpts From the London-Leyden Papyri

Titles and Powers of Anubis
Come to me, for thou art this lotus-flower that came forth from in the lotus of Pnastor, and that illuminates the whole earth; hail! Anubis, come to me, the High, the Mighty, the Chief over the mysteries of those in the Underworld, the Pharaoh of those in Amenti, the Chief Physician, the fair son of Osiris, he whose face is strong among the gods, thou manifestest thyself in the Underworld before the hand of Osiris. Thou servest the souls of Abydos, for they all live by thee, these souls (namely) those of the sacred Underworld. Come to the earth, show thyself to me here to-day. – The London-Leyden Papyrus Col. II 13-21

Anubis in an Oracular Rite
O dog, which is called Anubis by name, who resteth on the box of myrrh, whose feet are set on the box of frankincense, let there come to me the ointment for the son of the lamp that he (?) may give me answer as to everything about which I ask here to-day, truly without falsehood therein. – The London-Leyden Papyrus Col. VII 3-6

Bowl Divination for Anubis
Formula: you take a bowl of bronze, you engrave a figure of Anubis in it; you fill it with water left to settle (?) and guarded(?) lest(?) the sun should reach it; you finish its (sur-) face (of the water) with fine oil. You place it on [three?] new bricks, their lower sides being sprinkled with sand; you put four other bricks under the child; you make the child lie down upon (?) his stomach; you cause him (?) to place his chin on the brick of the vessel; you make him look into the oil, he having a cloth spread over his head, there being a lighted lamp on his right, and a censer with fire on his left; you put a leaf of Anubis-plant on the lamp, you put this incense on (the fire); you recite these spells, which are above, to the vessel seven times. The incense which you put on (the fire): frankincense (?), wax (?), styrax, turpentine (?), date-stone (?); grind them with wine; you make them into a ball and put them on (the fire). When you have finished, you make the child open his eyes, you ask him, saying, ‘Is the god coming in?’ If he says ‘The god has come in,’ you recite before him: formula; ‘Thy bull(?) Mao, ho! Anubis, this soldier(?), this Kam, (26) this Kem … Pisreithi , Sreithi , Abrithi is thy name, by thy correct name.’ (27) You ask him concerning that which you [desire]; when you have finished your inquiry which you are asking about, you call to him seven times; you dismiss the god to his home. His dismissal formula:’ Farewell Anubis, the good ox-herd, Anubis , the son of a (?) jackal (and?) a dog . another volume saith: the child of . Isis (?) (and ) a dog, Nabrishoth, the Cherub (?) of Amenti, king of those of…..’ Say seven times. You take the lamp from (?) the child, you take the vessel containing water, you take the cloth off him. You do it also by vessel-inquiry alone, excellent , tried (?), tested nine times.

The Anubis-plant. It grows in very numerous places; its leaf is like the leaf of Syrian [plant (?)]; it turns (?) white; its flower is like the flower of conyza. … you … eye …. before you … the vessel. – The London-Leyden Papyrus Col. XIV 18-33




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s