Magical Prayers

Unknown19th century

Chester Beatty

Chester Beatty

This scroll contains magical prayers to protect against evil. Although it contains a passage from the Gospel of John, it was made for a Muslim woman named Gamila. The exchange of magical practices between Muslims and Christians was common in Ethiopia. The figure is probably the Archangel Phanuel, who is invoked in the text.

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  • Title: Magical Prayers
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Physical Location: Chester Beatty, Dublin, Ireland
  • Location Created: Ethiopia
  • Physical Dimensions: 1031 x 66 mm
  • Original Language: Geʿez
  • Original Source: Chester Beatty Library
  • Rights: © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
  • Medium: Parchment, Ink, Pigment
  • Collection Number: CBL W 941