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Mysterious magic spells unearthed in Serbia


Posted on Wednesday, 10 August, 2016 | Comment icon 11 comments

The people of the time wrote spells to invoke divine powers. Image Credit: sxc.hu
Archaeologists have been trying to decipher magic spells inscribed on small rolls of gold and silver.
Dating back more than 2,000 years, the magical incantations were discovered alongside skeletons found buried next to a coal-fired power station in Kostolac - a town in north-eastern Serbia.

The spells were written on tiny rolls of precious metal hidden inside two lead amulets and were believed to have been interred with the remains in an effort to invoke divine powers.

"We read the names of a few demons that are connected to the territory of modern-day Syria," said archaeologist Ilija Danković.


The spells are similar to 'binding magic' incantations discovered in other countries but are the first ever to be found at an archaeological dig in Serbia.

"They were often love charms, ordering someone to fall in love, but there were also dark, malignant curses, to the tune of ‘May your body turn dead, as cold and heavy as this lead,’" said Danković.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (11)

Tags: Magic Spells, Serbia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Child of Bast on 9 August, 2016, 12:53
On the one hand the chief archaeologist is seeming to guess that it's written in Greek and the language is Aramaic and that it is a mystery. And yet they know it's magic spells that were put in the amulets?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Clair on 9 August, 2016, 13:16
Apparently they were able to read the names of a few demons.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Child of Bast on 9 August, 2016, 14:24
Maybe thoughts were lost in translation. Not in the writings, but in conveying what was found.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Gingitsune on 9 August, 2016, 15:32
It seems it was not uncommon to be buried with spell scroll back there around these times (or so say the article). So they understood the the function of the scroll due to the context. Now they need to understand what it's written exactly.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Leto_loves_melange on 10 August, 2016, 2:03
My understanding on reading the article is that spell scrolls were buried with those that died a violent death to help their passage into the next life. These were made of gold and silver which hints at important people.  I agree with you that it would be nice if they knew what was written and how something from modern day Syria made its way to the Balkans.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Ozfactor on 10 August, 2016, 2:50
little pages of rolled up silver and gold with text . time capsules. I hope they are love poems 
Comment icon #8 Posted by paperdyer on 10 August, 2016, 17:37
Well the spells could be containment spells.  The lead containers were buried to hide the scrolls so they weren't opened letting the demons out.  Too late!
Comment icon #9 Posted by pallidin on 10 August, 2016, 20:02
My poor understanding of the occult is that "demons" have both real names and "nicknames" Supposedly, the use of the "real name" is powerful and invokes a response. Kind-of like this... Wife: Honey-boo, get off your lazy butt and take out the garbage. Husband: "Ignores wife" Wife: Michael James, get off your lazy butt and take out the garbage! Husband: Uh, yeah, OK, Right now honey.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Nzo on 12 August, 2016, 6:26
If only curses, enchantments worked. How wonderful would it be to jinx someone with a leglocker curse who just did you some harm. Or the cruciatus curse if they really did you some harm. I would be happy with an enchanted charm which brings me a wealth of extremely good luck... like    Felix Felicis but in amulet form. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by Ryan109b on 28 August, 2016, 1:52
Oh God, here we go again! Some ditzy researcher is gonna figure out the full translation, read it aloud and cause some big slimy demon or some ancient terrible evil from some Hell dimension to be unleashed upon the Earth and devour us! Have you people even seen 'The Evil Dead?'. Or 'The Mummy'? Or like any Episode of 'Buffy' ever? Or read any works of H. P. Lovecraft? When something is ancient magical text, with the names of Demon's on it, and possibly dark and evil - DON'T TRANSLATE IT! BURY IT BACK WHERE YOU FOUND IT!


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