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TITLE Aegyptiaca in Context: Amulets and magic in Pre- and Protopalatial southern Crete
AUTHOR Militello Pietro , Carinci Filippo
LANGUAGE Αγγλικά / English
PUBLISH DATE 04.12.2019
KEYWORDS Aegyptiaca, Egyptian magic, Minoan magic, amulets, Prepalatial Crete, Protopalatial Crete, Southern Crete, Mesara, Asterousia, Phaistos, Kommos, Taweret, Minoan Genius
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As a contribution to the discussion of the value of magic in Minoan religious culture, this paper offers some reflections on the possible Egyptian influences, paying particular attention to three clay figurines from southern Crete (Phaistos and Kommos) of the Old Palace period. These objects can be connected to a local perception of the complex Egyptian religious heritage that was elaborated at a popular level with aspects linked to magical and healing practices and reflect a peculiar attitude of this period that subsequently failed.