Waking the Dead


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Disclaimer: I am posting this for fun and because people enjoy reading about these things. If you choose to play any of these games then you do so at your own risk.

How to Play


  • Credit goes to EbonWolf88.
  • This is one for all you DIY spookies out there who don’t fancy building a whole scary mirror box of doom.
  • Author notes that this ritual may not work if you are not into Khemeticism, the religion of ancient Egypt as this ritual incorporates elements of that.
  • Once you begin construction you cannot allow anyone to tamper with your equipment (oo-er) or interrupt the process.
  • If you have to use the safe room then I suggest remaining in it until dawn and then smudging the whole house the following day once you have removed all of the ritual components.
  • When choosing a room to perform the ritual I wouldn’t recommend it being somewhere anyone sleeps. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend doing this in your home at all.


  • Enamel spray paint in matt black.
  • A large sheet of cardboard.
  • Bat or Dove’s blood ink. You can buy it here, or for my fellow UK people, here. Aside from Amazon I haven’t used these other suppliers so accept no liability for them screwing you over, should it happen.
  • Calligraphy or parchment paper.
  • A quill, paintbrush or a calligraphy pen.
  • Pliers.
  • Rubbing alcohol and a cloth.
  • Metallic sharpie in any colour.
  • Rubber cement.
  • A square mirror with removable frame.
  • Salt.
  • Thick, black cloth, large enough to cover your mirror.


  • Remove the glass from the mirror frame and clean it throughly with the rubbing alcohol, being sure to remove any stains, smears or fingerprints. Be careful not to cut yourself kiddos.
  • Put all of the other supplies in the room you will be using for your ritual.
  • Take it outside and lay it on your piece of cardboard. Holding the can of paint around 10 inches from the glass (to avoid air bubbles) spray one side black. Leave to dry.
  • Once you want to start your ritual, go to the ritual room (well, duh). Close the door and tell everyone not to disturb you.
  • Take the mirror frame and using the metallic sharpie, write ‘wake the dead’ on each of the four sides so that it will show once the mirror is replaced.
  • Draw a border line around the frame, to contain the words you have just written and do so in a single continuous motion so that there are no gaps or breaks. This is important.
  • Using the pliers, remove any fastenings or hooks from the back of the mirror. You don’t want to hang it on the wall.
  • Lay a line of salt across the doorway of your room, to trap anything nasty inside. Make sure that each time you leave after this you don’t disturb the line.
  • If it makes you feel better you can set up a safe space in another room by putting a line of salt across the doorway with a gap for you to enter by – if you do have to enter the room then use more salt to seal the gap behind you and wait in there until dawn.
  • Always do this part last because things may happen once you complete this step. Using your pen/quill/paintbrush and ink, write on it the first four lines of the Pyramid Text Utterance (Hymn for waking the dead). This is as follows: “O, raise thyself up, Unite thy bones to thee, Collect thy limbs, Shake the earth from thy flesh.” Once this part has been written, ensure you do not look behind you at any point during the ritual, whatever the provocation.
  • Use the rubber cement to stick this piece of paper to the inside of the back panel of the frame.
  • Leave your room and make sure to close the door behind you.
  • Go and spray the second coat of paint onto the mirror and leave to dry.
  • Return to your room and kill time for half an hour or so, remembering not to look behind you at any point. Beware of reflective surfaces at this time.
  • Go and get your mirror, closing the door behind you again and making sure not to disturb the salt line.
  • Ensure that on the side painted black none of the mirror shows through. If this is the case then you replace it into the frame, the shiny side facing out. Do not look into the mirror once it is assembled and be prepared for weird stuff to happen.
  • Cover the mirror with your black cloth and things should settle down. Keep it covered unless you want to use it.
  • There are no instructions provided by the OP about how you should use your mirror or what to expect if you do. Rituals involving mirrors are normally designed to turn them into a portal or doorway of some kind. As such, I would expect that you should be able to talk to the dead. My only comment is that in many of these rituals the warnings are always the same, the dead, or those posing as them, lie and make promises. You should not trust or believe anything they say.
  • If you intend to leave this mirror up in the room then I would suggest surrounding it with a ring of salt.
  • The OP suggests that each time after using the mirror you should leave it outside, face up during the next clear new moon for at least an hour. This is probably intended to cleanse it as the new moon is believe to be purifying. You can read something about purifying objects with the new moon here. This cleansing process is optional, but the longer the parchment and black side of the mirror spend together, the more powerful they become.

Safety first

After writing articles such as this one, you should probably clear your very weird browsing history. Bats Blood anyone? waking dead people? Normal people just worry about porn.

Anyway, careful with the glass, don’t inhale too much paint and avoid being eaten by flesh hungry Egyptian mummies (ugh, this just made me remember watching the new Mummy film.).

Risk level

High. Not enough information provided about certain parts of the experience. Also a high risk of zombies.

Would I play?







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Credit to this article which inspired me to research the topic.

Throughout history people have feared curses. In Republic Plato said, “If anyone wishes to injure an enemy; for a small fee they (sorcerers) will bring harm on good or bad alike, binding the gods to serve their purposes by spells and curses.”

They are considered a form of black/red magic that is specifically designed to hurt a person of the casters choosing. A curse often takes the form of an effigy; almost everyone has heard of a voodoo doll (pictured above). These effigies can be made from various materials, commonly wood, clay or fabric. It is usually fashioned to resemble its intended target and linked to them with blood, hair, nail clippings, or some other personal item. The theory is that in harming this doll, the victim will suffer similar injury. During the witch hunts it was commonly claimed that witches frequently used effigies on their enemies.

When most people hear the word curse they will immediately think of Egypt. In ancient Egypt magicians commonly fashioned their effigies in the form of Apep, a monstrous figure who was the enemy of Ra. Through destroying effigies in the form of Apep it was believed one could cleanse the land of evil. However, the curses of ancient Egypt are most commonly linked to tombs or pyramids, specifically the opening of them once sealed. Perhaps the most well known was the curse of King Tutankhamun which supposedly plagued Howard Carter and his team. You can read about the discovery of the tomb here and more about the curse here. Nor was Tutankhamun the only person believed to hound those who disturbed his rest. You can read more about such curses here, including one that was recently discovered on the Dynasty 3 tomb of Petety at Giza (you can see the actual inscription here).

In the modern world we remain fascinated by curses or hexes. Some you may, or may not already know about include the 27 club, the Kennedy curse (which allegedly played out through generations of the same family) and a number of songs which are said to be cursed.

I have included a number of links on the topic if you wish to explore it further.

Articles about curses

Famous Historical curses

Famous curses.

Cursed families.

4 tales.

Remove a curse (note, bright red background).

Breaking a curse or hex.

Cursed jewellery.

Cursed movies.

Bizarre curses.

Cursed relics. 

Hollywood curses

Native American curse (President curse).

Cursed islands.

Egyptian afterlife and curses

Crystal Links

Museum of Science

Australian museum

Was King Tut’s tomb really cursed?

Tomb raider dies from curse

Mummies curse

10 worst Egyptian curses.

Cursed songs

Fortean Times

Gloomy Sunday

Three Cursed songs