In ancient Egypt, special knowledge of the properties of powerful elements--
and fearsome animals--
and therapeutic essences--
was the province of magicians.
Magic was part and parcel of the ancient religion. Egyptian magic was not to display psychic powers or perform fantastic feats, but rather, it had a practical purpose in the civilization. Magic was the way by which one extended and eased life, relieved physical and emotional pain and, generally, advanced individual well-being and benefitted society.
Egyptologists have unearthed thousands of scrolls and texts, documenting innumerable, healing prayers and spells against evil. The ancients saw magic as a creative force that bound spirit and matter together. Magicians sought the thread of spirit, that connected to any actual object (or in the case of illness, a condition), then addressed intervening energies to that connection.