Mystery magic spells, etched on gold, unearthed in Serbia

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Just finishing Lev Grossman’s 'The Magician King, this relic is like something right out of that novel). Also brings to mind the Babylonian ‘Ens’ and ‘Me’ from Snowcrash, though I realize the geography is off.

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I fireball the Demogorgon.

It is a green fireball.

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Quick, let’s blow them up. Oh, or smash them - or, at the very least, sell them into private collections so they’re never seen again.

/s

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That would be easy enough to figure out with context. They should have said, “this is an opportunity to expand out Aramaic vocabulary.”

I bet that’s what’s in Beschizza’s safe!

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Reminds me of the Orphic tablets.

They were used in the death rites of initiates to give them instructions for the afterlife (greetings for Persephone, how to retain their knowledge, how to find the waters of Mnemosyne, etc. )

http://www.templestudy.com/2011/04/07/authentic-ancient-metal-plates/

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It’s just a recipe for Jambalaya.

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[quote=“davide405, post:7, topic:83139, full:true”]
http://xkcd.com/593/[/quote]
This.

Or you could also replace the last panel with something along the lines of:

“I’m bored. Let’s carve some random mumbo jumbo onto some scrolls and then bury them to f*** with future generations.”

“Be sure to throw some demons in there–it’ll really freak them out.”

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It’s a shopping list of evil.

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Good deli food was likely hard to find back then.

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Etched gold scrolls? Drag a needle across them and see what they say.

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But what happens if you play them backwards?! Probably just an unreleased Judas Priest song

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According to Wiki, “abracadabra” may in fact be derived from the Aramaic for “It came to pass as it was spoken.”

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“The weird thing is, as soon as we read the names aloud the skeletons started uncovering themselves.”

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a man a plan a canal panama

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… then we’ll never know…

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The Bath Curse Tablets are related, though they were all “goddess, please kill that bastard who stole my gloves” kinds of things. I saw some of them in Bath and was rather delighted by angry ancient Romans sending passive-aggressive notes to their goddess.

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DO NOT READ ALOUD!!

Cthulhu will cast us all into madness.

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