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141122-spells_4d95c288d75c3e754e3eccb375b94a8b_nbcnews-ux-600-400Australian researchers have deciphered an ancient Egyptian handbook, revealing a series of invocations and spells. Among other things, the “Handbook of Ritual Power” tells readers how to cast love spells, exorcise evil spirits and treat “black jaundice,” a bacterial infection that is still around today and can be fatal. The book is about 1,300 years old, and is written in Coptic, an Egyptian language. It is made of bound pages of parchment–a type of book that researchers call a codex. At NBC News