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By JoAnn Scurlock

This paintings explores the interplay among magic and drugs in old Mesopotamia, as utilized in particular to ghosts. integrated is a dialogue of sin and usual motives in Mesopotamian drugs. also, it transliterates and interprets 352 prescriptions designed to therapy mental and actual illnesses considered brought on by ghosts.

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508 courting among Legomena and Dromena: Sumerian Recitations not like recitations in Akkadian, these in Sumerian express fairly little adjustment to context, as certainly one may well count on provided that there's little if any facts for prescriptions specific to ghosts sooner than the center Assyrian interval, in which time Sumerian had lengthy ceased to be a dwelling language. Sumerian recitations commonly make entice gods particular to the a¯ sˇipu’s paintings similar to Enki and Asallu˙i509 or to gods applicable to demonic expulsion resembling Nanna,510 Utu,511 Ninurta512 or Ningirima513 or to gods linked to the Netherworld akin to Nergal514 or the god of desires. 515 the consequences are, even though, no longer very specific. the matter afflicting the sufferer is 36 Legomena pointed out if in any respect, simply very briefly and, even then, it is often the actual symptom produced by way of the ghost instead of the ghost itself that's often pointed out. “To make good the evil sinew for that individual, that individual; to make good the sure sinew, its subject, its subject to put sooner than the lord, to put sooner than the woman. (How) to make the certain sinew good for that individual I (Asallu˙i) appeared into (the matter). My father (Enki), i actually regarded into it. For the lord, the hearer, having played a divination, to the lord who didn't understand what to do, the he responded. Enki spoke back his son. Nindinugga, king of the gods, Nindinugg[a], most desirable of the gods, Nindinugg[a], son of Ninazu, father Enki (answered) . . . Asallu˙i. Asallu˙[i], you're the strong king of the muˇsk¯enu. Asallu[˙i], by no means unencumber what needs to be seized. ”516 This looks in a prescription for one-sided pains: “You tie it on his part (or) anyplace it hurts him. [If] you recite [the recitation ov]er his aspect, [he gets well]. ”517 “By heaven could you swear, by way of earth may perhaps you swear. if you have sworn, may perhaps Anzagar who looses what's certain get rid of and switch away your breast. ”518 The Akkadian component of the recitation exhibits that it used to be meant to be used opposed to apparitions. 519 One may presume, in view of the point out of the dream god,520 that the ghost opposed to whom this was once directed were obvious whereas dreaming. particularly specific to a ghostly context is the Sumerian recitation addressed to a chicken/goose middle. “Remove the evil ghost; eliminate the evil ghost in order that it doesn't strategy the person’s physique. could it (the center) thrust back no matter what is evil for him (the patient). ”521 this is often recited whereas the animal center is laid over the patient’s center. 522 equally, one of many Sumerian knotting prescription recitations manages to say either the amulet and the ghost for whom it was once meant. “Utu, king of the ghosts : ghost . . . who releases the mouth that's sure; you're the person who releases the mouth. Utu, including Anzagar and Mamu, you're the one that binds . . . including Anzagar and Mamu, you're the one that alters issues for the great. The spell spoken by way of Enki, stag of the Abzu, stag of the Abzu, nice lord Utu – enable it switch its position.

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