Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals: Volume One

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Tzvi Abusch, Daniel Schwemer
BRILL, Dec 17, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 620 pages
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Among the most important sources for understanding the cultures and systems of thought of ancient Mesopotamia is a large body of magical and medical texts written in the Sumerian and Akkadian languages. An especially significant branch of this literature centres upon witchcraft. Mesopotamian anti-witchcraft rituals and incantations attribute ill-health and misfortune to the magic machinations of witches and prescribe ceremonies, devices, and treatments for dispelling witchcraft, destroying the witch, and protecting and curing the patient. The Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals aims to present a reconstruction of this body of texts; it provides critical editions of the relevant rituals and prescriptions based on the study of the cuneiform tablets and fragments recovered from the libraries of ancient Mesopotamia. This is the first volume in the three-part Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals series.. Volumes two and three are expected in 2015 and 2018 respectively.
 

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Contents

THE CORPUS OF ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIAN ANTIWITCHCRAFT RITUALS
1
TEXTS OF GROUP ONE PRESCRIPTIONS FOR UNDOING WITCHCRAFT ANA PIŠERTI KIŠPĪ
26
TEXTS OF GROUP TWO PRESCRIPTIONS TO BE USED FOR BEWITCHED PERSONS ŠUMMA AMĒLU KAŠIP
65
TEXTS OF GROUP SEVEN UŠBURRUDA TEXTS
115
TEXTS OF GROUP EIGHT CEREMONIAL RITUALS FOR UNDOING WITCHCRAFT
246
TEXTS OF GROUP NINE ANTIWITCHCRAFT INCANTATIONS WITHIN BĪT RIMKI AND RELATED TEXTS
375
TEXTS OF GROUP TEN RITUALS AGAINST ZIKURUD█ AND OTHER SPECIAL TYPES OF WITCHCRAFT
399
TEXTS OF GROUP ELEVEN RITUALS IN CASE OF EVIL OMENS INDICATING WITCHCRAFT
425
TEXTS OF GROUP TWELVE DIAGNOSTIC TEXTS
434
BIBLIOGRAPHY
444
CONCORDANCES
452
REGISTERS
468
COPIES OF CUNEIFORM TEXTS
483
COLLATIONS
129
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Tzvi Abusch, Ph.D. (1972), Harvard University, is Cohen Professor of Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Religion at Brandeis University. His primary fields of publication are Mesopotamian religion and literature. Some of his studies on Babylonian witchcraft are found in Mesopotamian Witchcraft (Brill, 2002). Daniel Schwemer, Ph.D. (2000), Habilitation (2005), Wurzburg University, is Reader in Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He has published extensively on ancient Near Eastern religion and magic including Abwehrzauber und Behexung (Harrassowitz, 2007).

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