“Writing always had a religious potency, and t…

“Writing always had a religious potency, and to write about a thing or a person, or to read a reference to an individual, was to call that thing or person into existence. Thus a prayer written on a tomb wall asking that the deceased be provided with a thousand of bread, beer, oxen and fowl actually made those foodstuffs eternally available. And because the script was pictorial, the hieroglyphs, like statues, were replicas, or counter images, of what they represented.”

Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt, by Emily Teeter