Mesopotamian Protective Spirits: The Ritual Texts

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BRILL, 1992 - History - 225 pages
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Wiggerman's study of Mesopotamian monsters bridges the gap between text and image. Wooden and clay figures of monstrous spirits such as Hairy-One (lahmu), Bison-Bull (kusarikku), and Furious-Snake (mushussu) stand guard at the entrances to buildings to protect the inhavitants from demonic intruders. Deriving his information from the ritual texts that describe the production and installation of these figures, the author identifies the monsters of the texts with objects from the archaeological record and presents a detailed discussion of the identities and histories of a variety of Mesopotamian monsters.
 

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Contents

A Manuscripts
1
Dia sibta mutant sutuqu to make diudisease
33
A Manuscript and comparison with text I
41
B Title and purpose inventory of figures
91
TEXT III 105118
105
The utukku Iemnutu incantation Gurney AAA 22 76ff
113
TEXT IV 119130
119
B General observations
127
B Inventory of figures
139
SELECTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY AND ABBREVIATIONS
189
PLATES
195
INDICES
213
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