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Title: Das Ritual der Astu (CTH 490): Rekonstruktion und Tradition eines hurritisch-hethitischen Rituals aus Bogazkoy-Hattusa
Author: Gorke, Susanne
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2010
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004181175
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The Ritual of Astu, a text found at the Hittite Capital of Hattusa, shows strong influence from southern Anatolia and describes a Hurrian-Hittite ritual against witchcraft and sorcery. The following study provides detailed philological treatment of the 13th-century fragments found at Hattusa, from which the ritual is known, including transcription, translation, and commentary of all manuscripts, as well as special emphasis on the Hurrian passages of the ritual. Reconstruction of the more fragmentary sections is undertaken through comparison to other rituals. The study concludes with an analysis of Anatolian, Luwian, and Kizzuwatnaian influences evident in the ritual, and affords, in sum, valuable additions to the study of the nature of Hittite archives, and the development of ritual texts.