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Title: Ritual Evidence and the Art of Going Unnoticed in PGM I 222-231 and 247-262
Author(s): PHILLIPS, Richard L.
Journal: Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists
Volume: 56    Date: 2019   
Pages: 197-203
DOI: 10.2143/BASP.56.0.3286656

Abstract :
Recent scholarship exploring the language of PGM I 222-231 and 247-262 reveals that invisibility in the PGM should be conceived of as an act of going unnoticed. The use of terms like μαύρωσις supports this assertion, though the scarcity of parallels is problematic. Nonetheless, prescribed ritual evidence found within the same texts bolsters the notion that invisibility should be considered as an act of going unnoticed, whether it is viewed as an act of blinding or a kind of concealment. Earlier literary parallels and Egyptian antecedents for these kinds of similia similibus rites also support this assertion.

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