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Blurring the Between Magic and Philosophy: Legendary Wizards of the Ancient World

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Wizards can also be found in the famous Thousand and One Nights . Like St. Cyprian prior to his conversion, some of these wizards are portrayed negatively.

The Martyrdom of Cyprian and Justina

The Martyrdom of Cyprian and Justina ( Public Domain )

Amongst the more famous wizards in this story is the one found in the story of Aladdin. In this well-known story, it is an African wizard who plays the role of the villain, and tricks Aladdin into finding a magic lamp for him.

What is less known perhaps is that this wizard was killed by Aladdin, and that his brother (also a wizard) wanted to avenge his death. Interestingly, not much is said about the magical prowess of these two wizards, except perhaps, that the second wizard found out about his brother’s death through necromancy.

The Sorcerer traps Aladdin in the magic cave.

The Sorcerer traps Aladdin in the magic cave. ( Public Domain )

Featured image: The Wizard card. Photo source: ( OffbeatWorlds /CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 )

By Ḏḥwty

References

Anon., The One Thousand and One Nights [Online]
[1864. The Thousand and One Nights, or, The Arabian Nights' Entertainments .]
Available at: https://archive.org/details/thousandnights00unknuoft

de Voragine, J., The Golden Legend [Online]
[Caxton, W. (trans.), 1483. de Voragine’s The Golden Legend .]
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Hugo, 2011. The Merlin of Japan: Abe no Seimei!. [Online]
Available at: http://www.kyotodreamtrips.com/2011/10/04/the-merlin-of-japan-abe-no-seimei/

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Comments

what you are talking about as Wizards of the Ancient World is the Egyptian Mysteries.

One Book that reflects on the Ages of the Mysteries is "The Secret Teachings of All Ages"

Don't worry these secrets are still around hidden, not as hidden as the Dark Ages but still hidden.

The Occult Shows the Truth.

No mention of Socrates, Plato or Aristotle, or of the ancient Chinese philosophers who explicitly rejected such stuff. The suggestion that the the distinction between philosophy and magic was blurred until the the middle of the 16th century is a self-serving West European myth.

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