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  • Also referred to as Proscription Lists. Ancient Egyptian hieratic texts, which contained the names of loathed people. These were most often enemies of the Egyptian state or troublesome foreign neighbors. The texts were most often written upon statuettes of bound foreigners, bowls, or blocks of clay or stone, which were subsequently destroyed. The ceremonial process of breaking the names and burying them was intended to be a sort of sympathetic magic that would affect the persons or entities named in the texts. The fragments were usually placed near tombs or ritual sites. (Wikipedia)

    June 6, 2008