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Egyptian Mythology (エジプト神話 Ejiputo Shinwa?) is the mythology of the ancient Egyptians, dating from 3000 BCE.

In Toaru Majutsu no Index, Egyptian Mythology is used as a base for certain forms of Magic,[1] and certain aspects of Thelema draw from it.



The Egyptian symbol of life and of great importance in the life after death, the ankh.

Much of the Egyptian mythology is set in the earliest times, setting the pattern for a cycle which the Egyptians believed would be repeated in the events of the present times, much like the cycles of nature. They believed that as the cycles were repeated, the fundamental order of the universe, called maat, would be renewed.

The Egyptian pantheon consists of numerous deities, most of whom represent natural or social phenomena. With the exception of a few deities, most of Egyptian pantheon act to maintain maat. Within the pantheon, there are a fair number of deities associated with animals and often represented in art as a human with an animal's head.


Though the religion of Egyptian mythology was lost to history, many well preserved records were left behind. Considerable progress in their analysis meant that information on their system of gods, rituals and views of life and the soul were gathered together, and with Egypt being positioned at the top of Africa, it was geographically convenient for European magicians who had reached a dead-end in their research and sought new material elsewhere to make a breakthrough, and many monuments and burial items were preserved by museum and collectors in Europe.[2]

Like many other magicians, Aleister Crowley traveled to Egypt and incorporated the names of Isis, Osiris and Horus into his concept of Aeons.[2]

Egyptian Mythology was one of several fields which influenced the development of Hermeticism, which would become part of the foundation of the Golden Dawn.[3]


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The first Egyptian magician to appear in the series is Leep, who targets Index Librorum Prohibitorum, hoping to use her knowledge to complete a version of the Book of the Dead which was missing pieces due to tomb robbers.[1]

Uses of Egyptian Mythology in the storyEdit

  • Ankh: A hieroglyphic ideograph (with the meaning "life"), shaped as a cross with a looped handle, commonly featured in depictions of Egyptian deities.
    • The ankh is mentioned as a tool capable of applying a curse.[4]
  • Bastet: A cat-headed goddess of protection, sometimes associated with Sekhmet.
    • The Egyptian magician Leep makes use of certain aspects of Bastet, acting as a Priestess of Bastet.[1]
  • Eye of Horus: Also referred to as the Wedjat, a symbol of protection, royal power and good health, featured on funerary amulets.
    • The Eye of Horus is mentioned as a tool capable of applying a curse.[4]
  • Horus: A falcon-headed god of the sky and war, son of Osiris and Isis.
  • Isis: A mother goddess of health, fertility, wisdom and magic, wife of Osiris and mother of Horus.
  • Mummification: A process and practice whereby a deceased body is preserved as a mummy, believed to be important step in the transition to the afterlife. Notable parts of the practice include the removal of the internal organs except the heart and wrapping the mummy with many layers of linen cloth bandages.
    • Nephthys is a mummy, born from a group of servants buried with a pharaoh,[7] and made use of her separated organs in order to escape being completely 'exiled' by World Rejecter.[8]
    • A certain magical faction planned the ritual sacrifice and mummification of a maiden as part of an experiment to prove the existence of heaven, with the heart being used like a signal, before being reduced to dust by Nephthys.[9]
  • Nephthys: A goddess associated with death and protector of mummies, together with Isis.
  • Osiris: The Egyptian god of the underworld and the dead, murdered by his brother Set.
  • Sekhmet: A violent lioness-headed goddess of war, sometimes associated with Bastet.
  • Sphinx: A mythical creature, with the body of a lion and a human head.
    • The creature is the origin of Sphynx's name.
  • The Book of the Dead: A sacred funeral text which contains spells to assist a person's journey through Duat, the Egyptian underworld, and into the afterlife.
  • Thoth: The ibis-headed god of knowledge.

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