Saturday, February 4, 2012

ANCIENT MAGIC AND DIVINATION by by JoAnn Scurlock




This dissertation, entitled “Magical Means of Dealing with Ghosts in Ancient Mesopotamia” (MMDG), as indeed the title implies, consisted largely of “magical” prescriptions concerned with expelling ghosts (MMDG nos. 1–71, 77–78). It also included necromantic (nos. 72–76, 79–82) and “ghost assistance/substitute” prescriptions (nos. 83–88), which, since they are not healing rites designed to cure a person afflicted by a ghost, have been excluded from this book. In their place, the current study adds the “medical” means of treating ghost-induced illnesses (quoted from published copies in BAM, AMT etc.) as well as several “magical” prescriptions recently edited by D. Schwemer in THeth 23 (Part IIB).
















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