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The Book of the Vishanti contains the most powerful light/order magic spells known, many of them being counterspells to other magic disciplines. It seems to have an endless number of pages, which seemingly materialise from nothing. The book itself can be used to deflect magic.[6] In addition, its spells can never be used for offense, only for defense.[8] The Book is marked with the Seal of the Vishanti. It also contains extensive knowledge introduced by several powerful magicians, such as the information collected by Agamotto regarding his discovery and mastery of the "Three Paths to Enlightenment",[9] and widely detailed information about the Marvel cosmology itself,[10] which was presumably dictated by the Vishanti to the first human authors.

Given the vast knowledge present in its pages, the book was presumably dictated by the Vishanti to the first practitioners of white magic. The original contents were written by Agamotto sometime before the fall of Atlantis.[11] The first known possessor of the book was the sorcerer Varnae.[1]

Several millennia ago, the book fell into the hands of priests of the Babylonian god Marduk and they appointed a sacred griffin to guard it. At some point "many decades" before the 20th century, the sorcerer Yao (sometimes known as the Ancient One) travelled back in time to ancient Babylonia and, by defeating the beast guardian, he became the destined possessor of the book following a prophecy "written in words of flame."[6]

Kaluu (Earth-616) and Stephen Strange (Earth-616) from Strange Tales Vol 1 150 001

The Book used to deflect magic

In the 20th century, the Ancient One shared the book with his pupil Doctor Strange. When the evil sorcerer Kaluu stole the book,[7] memorized its contents and sent it to its origin point in the ancient past,[8] the Ancient One and Doctor Strange travelled to the past to re-capture it in ancient Babylon, again defeating the griffin.[6]

Doctor Strange used the Book to cast the Spell of Tartashi to detect deception among the New Avengers, though this failed to detect Veranke, the Skrull posing as Jessica Drew.[12]

Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999)[]

Book of the Vishanti from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness 001

In Earth-199999, the Book of Vishanti is mystical book of pure good that is the light counterpart of the Darkhold, it also grants sorcerers the power and knowledge to defeat their enemies.

Well several other members of the Masters of the Mystic Arts believe that the Book of the Vishanti is nothing more than a fairy-tale, but only the Sorcerer Supreme is aware that the book in fact exists; due to a secret book that has been passed down from one sorcerer supreme to the next.

However, despite this, the sorcerer supreme does not know the Book of the Vishanti's exact location; due to the fact that he/she is completely unaware of the existence of the Gap Junction dimension. Christine Palmer led America Chavez and Stephen Strange into the Gap Junction dimension; in order to retrieve the Book of the Vishanti.

But Wanda Maximoff; who was dreamwalking in her alternate-self, quickly caught up with America, Christine and Stephen simultaneously; but despite Stephen's best efforts, Wanda destroyed the Book of Vishanti before Stephen could use it.

But considering the fact that the Book of Vishanti is the light counterpart of the Darkhold; it is very likely that there are several other copies of the book throughout the entire multiverse.[13]

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Rite of Apotheosis: turns man into a God, with godlike powers but first one must have 500 million acolytes.[17]

Notes

  • In Strange Tales #150, the Ancient One told Doctor Strange that the Book of the Vishanti had been created in Ancient Babylonia, millenniums ago. Subsequent stories have disproven this claim.
  • Since the Ancient One used time travel to obtain the book, it should not have existed on the Earthly plane between the point in time when he obtained it in ancient Babylonia to the point in time in the 19th century when he arrived from the past with the book. But some texts do refer to the Book of the Vishanti as having been in the possession of several other sorcerer supremes during that period.

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