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The Papyrus of Ani, Chapter 23

Copyright 1997 by Neil Parker.


A spell to open the mouth of the Osiris scribe Ani.

Words to be spoken: May my mouth be opened by Ptah; may the cords, the cords belonging to my mouth, be untied by the god of my city.

May Thoth come, provided with words of power, to untie the cords, the cords of Set which guard my mouth.

Atum is driven back; he has cast away they who guard it.

May my mouth be unfastened, may my mouth be opened by Shu, with that piece of iron of heaven with which he opened the mouths of the gods.

I am Sekhmet; I sit upon the port side [i.e. the west], the great wind of heaven. I am the great goddess of Orion, in the souls of Heliopolis.

As for all the words of power, they are spoken, but what is said against me, the gods stand against it, the company of gods which are gathered.