Charm to turn someone into a lion, a python or an eagle

18th century

The British Library

The British Library
London, United Kingdom

In Ethiopia, magical practitioners commonly make collections of charms, spells and the names of plants and their properties. This page has been removed from a magical recipe book. It contains charms for reversing spells and for binding demons. One charm gives the formula for changing yourself into various beasts:
‘To transform yourself into a lion, tie the silk to your head; to become a python, tie it on your arm; to turn into an eagle, tie it on your shoulder.’
Shown here: between ff. 6 and 7


  • Title: Charm to turn someone into a lion, a python or an eagle
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Location: British Library, London, UK
  • Location Created: Ethiopia
  • Type: Manuscript
  • Original Source: Or 11390
  • Rights: Public Domain. For more information visit: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

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