In ancient Egypt, human milk was considered crucial for more than feeding babies. Milk is considered a magical substance akin to menstrual blood, sweat, or any other emanation of the body. Vestiges of an occult science that analyzed what type of milk was best for which magical purpose lingers; for example, fairy tales requiring the hero to obtain lion's milk or similar for a specific magic cause. In ancient Egypt, the most powerful magical milk came from women who had born sons.
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