A charm, stone, or crystal often inscribed with a protective incantation or symbol to ward off evil. According to Egyptian Magic by E.A. Wallis Budge, prayers/spells were recited over amulets to activate the power inherent in the material the amulet was made of (e.g. gold, crystal, precious stone, etc.) as well as the inscription carved into the amulet. Amulets were then imbued with the power to protect the body (living or dead) from evil influences as well as the physical or supernatural attacks of others. In Ancient Egyptian Myths and Legends, Lewis Spence asserted that many of the amulets found on mummies were inscribed with words of power or spells meant to assist/protect them in the underworld.