Re: What danger is a "sleeping man"?
- I apologize for not having a good source handy but, the basic concern with the dreaming man is that he could cause you to have nightmares or otherwise work magic against you. Although dream magic is widely understood to have been an art of divination the entire subconscious experience with its reminiscence of death was considered to be very magically potent in much of the ancient world. It was common for Egyptians to employ amulets as protection against nighttimes many perils including "evil dreams." In the case of the passage you have posted the sleeping man to be concerned with would be a sorcerer who had your ill intent in mind. For more on the ancients and dream/sleep magic I suggest looking into the cult of Thoth/Hermes, they were specialists in this field. Budge also deals with dream magic briefly in "Egyptian Magic" chapter 7.
--- In ANEemail@example.com, "enkidu_jones" <yahgroups@...> wrote:
> COS includes translations of a number of Egyptian self-dedication contracts which include references to "every sleeping man" as one of a number of dangers(?). For example, Papyrus Milan 6 (3.7C) includes:
> "No male or female spirit, sleeping man, ghost, drowned man, demon, ill-fortune or pestilence will be able to exercise power over me except you from today onward."
> Does anyone know or have information about precisely what the "sleeping man" signifies? It seems out of place to just imagine it refers to a man who's asleep!
> Martin Shields,
> Sydney, Australia.