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Heka Sightings

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Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

Pyramid Texts

Here, Heka's not the nicest guy around. As the personification of all magic, he teams up with the king, whose own magic increases when he takes a bite out of other people. Apparently, dead people get stronger if they nibble on others.

Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 21, 2019

Coffin Texts, Spell 261

Heka gets groovy with the creator of the universe. In fact, he boasts that he was hanging out with the gods from the very beginning, before it became cool. That's one powerful dude, all right

Jan 1, 1970

The Book of the Dead (The Papyrus of Ani)

Heka pops up in the abstract sense in Chapter XXIV. Here, he's the all-around power of "magic," rather than a god per se. But the dead need their wizards, so who knows? Elsewhere, he is a god that the dead calls on.

Dec 21, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

The Instruction of Khety for His Son Merikare

An ancient king, Khety, decided to leave some wisdom for his son. He describes "heka," or magic, as a weapon that men can use to influence events as they please. Heka himself was number one on Khety's MySpace friends list.

Dec 20, 2019

The Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray

The heroine of this book, Cleopatra Selene (daughter of the most famous Cleopatra) knows quite a bit about magic, so she isn't surprised when Heka, in his abstract form, shows up quite a bit. After all, what would a pharaoh's reign be without a magic surprise?

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