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Sources of evil : studies in Mesopotamian exorcistic lore

Author: Greta van Buylaere; Mikko Luukko; Daniel Schwemer; Avigail Mertens-Wagschal
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018] ©2018
Series: Ancient magic and divination, 15.
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"Sources of Evil: Studies in Mesopotamian Exorcistic Lore' is a collection of thirteen essays on the body of knowledge employed by ancient Near Eastern healing experts, most prominently the 'exorcist' and the 'physician', to help patients who were suffering from misfortunes caused by divine anger, transgressions of taboos, demons, witches, or other sources of evil. The volume provides new insights into the two most  Read more...
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Sources of evil.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
(OCoLC)1031543113
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Greta van Buylaere; Mikko Luukko; Daniel Schwemer; Avigail Mertens-Wagschal
ISBN: 9789004373341 9004373349
OCLC Number: 1043913530
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 382 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Intro; Sources of Evil: Studies in Mesopotamian Exorcistic Lore; Copyright; Table of Contents; Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; Organizing Magical and Medical Knowledge; 1 The Exorcist's Manual: Structure, Language, Sitz im Leben; 2 Catalogues, Texts, and Specialists: Some Thoughts on the Aššur Medical Catalogue and Mesopotamian Healing Professions; Agents of Evil and Causes of Illness; 3 Identifying Divine Agency: The Hands of the Gods in Context; 4 Kamadme, the Sumerian Counterpart of the Demon Lamaštu 5 The Lion, the Witch, and the Wolf: Aggressive Magic and Witchcraft in the Old Babylonian PeriodRepelling Evil with Rituals, Amulets, and Incantations; 6 Evil Helpers: Instrumentalizing Agents of Evil in Anti-witchcraft Rituals; 7 Magico-medical Plants and Incantations on Assyrian House Amulets; 8 Alternative Models for the Development of Some Incantations; Concepts and Therapies of Illness; 9 Reusing Incantations and Making New from Old: On the Formation and Therapeutic Objective of the Muššuʼu ("Embrocation") Compendium 10 Tracing Mesopotamian Medical Knowledge: A Study of maškadu and Related IllnessesThe Living and the Ordered World in Exorcistic Lore; 11 Ina lumun attalî Sîn: On Evil and Lunar Eclipses; 12 Highway to Hell: The Winds as Cosmic Conveyors in Mesopotamian Incantation Texts; 13 The Göttertypentext as a Humanistic Mappa Mundi: An Essay; Indices
Series Title: Ancient magic and divination, 15.
Responsibility: edited by Greta Van Buylaere, Mikko Luukko, Daniel Schwemer, Avigail Mertens-Wagschal.

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"Sources of Evil: Studies in Mesopotamian Exorcistic Lore' is a collection of thirteen essays on the body of knowledge employed by ancient Near Eastern healing experts, most prominently the 'exorcist' and the 'physician', to help patients who were suffering from misfortunes caused by divine anger, transgressions of taboos, demons, witches, or other sources of evil. The volume provides new insights into the two most important catalogues of Mesopotamian therapeutic lore, the Exorcist's Manual and the Assur Medical Catalogue, and contains discussions of agents of evil and causes of illness, ways of repelling evil and treating patients, the interpretation of natural phenomena in the context of exorcistic lore, and a description of the symbolic cosmos with its divine and demonic inhabitants."-- Back cover.

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