Oct 29, 2011
Remedies for helping women in childbirth Egypt
In real life, Egyptian midwives seem to have used both medical and magical methods to speed up labour. Medical remedies included swallowing a mixture of honey and fenugreek, or a vaginal suppository whose ingredients included incense, beer and fly dung. Spells of the second millennium BC for helping women in childbirth involve a variety of magical techniques, most of them similar to those used for treating diseases and minor accidents.
Identification with deities is often at the centre of these spells. The person helping the mother sometimes takes the role of Horus.