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