Necromancy in the Ancient World

Presented by Tony Mierzwicki.

(Co-presented with Jo-Ann Byers-Mierzwicki)

Necromancy is the act of conjuring the dead for purpose of divination. It was widely practiced throughout the ancient world, and included the evocation of ghosts, oracles of the dead, and reanimation. Necromancy involves dissolving the barriers between the living and the spirits of the dead, so that the spirits, no longer fettered by physical bodies, can divulge information not normally available to the living.

If time and circumstances permit, a short invocation to the Daimôn of the Dead, will be included so as to illustrate a technique used for working with the spirits of the dead. [Please note that “daimôn” means “spirit.”]

















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