By Tzvi Abusch and Daniel Schwemer
One of the most crucial resources for knowing the cultures and platforms of considered old Mesopotamia is a big physique of magical and clinical texts written within the Sumerian and Akkadian languages. a particularly major department of this literature centres upon witchcraft. Mesopotamian anti-witchcraft rituals and incantations characteristic ill-health and misfortune to the magic machinations of witches and prescribe ceremonies, units, and coverings for dispelling witchcraft, destroying the witch, and conserving and curing the sufferer. The Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals goals to offer a reconstruction of this physique of texts; it offers serious variations of the proper rituals and prescriptions in accordance with the learn of the cuneiform pills and fragments recovered from the libraries of historical Mesopotamia.
This is the 1st quantity within the three-part Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals sequence. Volumes and 3 are anticipated in 2015 and 2018 respectively.
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Extra resources for Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals, Volume I
1′–18′ may represent an early version of ‘Išḫara 1’ (see Schwemer, Gauging the Influence of Babylonian Magic, forthcoming). • BMS 21+(+) obv. 42–rev. 25, ed. Schwemer, Wettergottgestalten, 668–71 (‘Adad 1b’, prayer to Adad with secondary witchcraft theme). • BAM 325 = KAL 2, 51 (fragmentary ritual for the preparation of a phylactery against witchcraft; Middle Assyrian manuscript). • KAL 2, 30 (fragmentary anti-witchcraft rituals; cf. 6). • KAL 2, 33 (fragmentary anti-witchcraft ritual with prayer addressed to Girra and prescription for a salve).
YOS 11, 15 obv. 1–rev. 20 // 29 rev. 24–26 (Old Babylonian anti-witchcraft ritual for the protection of a house). • KAR 26 = KAL 2, 21 with duplicates, ed. Mayer, OrNS 68 (1999) 145–63 (ritual addressed to Marduk; for the preparation of an apotropaic urdimmu-figurine against witchcraft). • BMS 12+ with duplicates, ed. Mayer, OrNS 62 (1993) 313–37 (ritual addressed to Marduk; for the preparation of an apotropaic salve and necklace). • Si 34 (+)? 745 + 818 // 722 + 725 (ritual addressed to Sîn and Šamaš involving the preparation of a pouch and a potion against witchcraft).
42–rev. 25, ed. Schwemer, Wettergottgestalten, 668–71 (‘Adad 1b’, prayer to Adad with secondary witchcraft theme). • BAM 325 = KAL 2, 51 (fragmentary ritual for the preparation of a phylactery against witchcraft; Middle Assyrian manuscript). • KAL 2, 30 (fragmentary anti-witchcraft rituals; cf. 6). • KAL 2, 33 (fragmentary anti-witchcraft ritual with prayer addressed to Girra and prescription for a salve). • KAL 2, 32 (fragmentary anti-witchcraft rituals addressed to Šamaš). • K 2395 (fragmentary burning ritual before Šamaš).