Dakhla Sba - The Patron Of Sorcery
During a recent conversation, a student of ancient Egypt mentioned to me the
cult of Isis and Osiris and its survival of the fall of Egypt as a Mediterranean
"mystery religion". As an initiate of the modern Temple of Set, I began to
wonder to what extent the original cult of Set had survived that civilization,
and what documented forms this survival had taken.
I found an answer in Hans Dieter Betz's edition of The Greek Magical Papyri in
Translation Including the Demotic Spells (Chicago: University of Chicago Press,
1986). In the twilight of Egyptian civilization, Set, the Lord of Darkness
denounced by followers of Osiris, became a patron of sorcery. This apparently
occurred by way of Egyptian priests moving into freelance magical practice after
foreign domination led to loss of royal funding for the temples.