Egyptian khemeia


Early devotees to practicing alchemy were the Greek-Egyptians.  Bolos-Democritus (c. 200 BC) pioneered the field of transmutation of lead and iron into gold.

This became the ancient pseudo-science of alchemy, fuelled by the desire to obtain a single cure for all diseases and prolong life indefinitely.  Neither of these was ever achieved, but an interest in transmutation of the elements has remained through to the twentieth century, with the exception of the Roman era, when khemeia had almost faded into obscurity - the emperors believed that the ability to convert lead or iron into gold would destroy the economy of the great Empire.


"Alchemy is the art of manipulating life, and consciousness in matter, to help it evolve, or to solve problems of inner disharmonies."
- Jean Dubuis


Arabic al-kimiya

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