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Sources of Evil: Studies in Mesopotamian Exorcistic Lore (Greta Van Buylaere) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2018) 9789004368330
Sources of Evil: Studies in Mesopotamian Exorcistic Lore (Greta Van Buylaere) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2018) 9789004368330
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Title: Sources of Evil: Studies in Mesopotamian Exorcistic Lore

Author: Buylaere, Greta Van

Additional Authors or Contributors: Mikko Luukko, Daniel Schwemer, Avigail Mertens-Wagschal

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2018

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004368330

Volumes: 1; Pages: 382

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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.

Contents

Preliminary Material By: Greta Van Buylaere, Mikko Luukko, Daniel Schwemer and Avigail Mertens-Wagschal

Introduction By: Greta Van Buylaere, Mikko Luukko, Daniel Schwemer and Avigail Mertens-Wagschal

The Exorcist's Manual: Structure, Language, Sitz im Leben By: Eckart Frahm

Catalogues, Texts, and Specialists: Some Thoughts on the Assur Medical Catalogue and Mesopotamian Healing Professions By: Ulrike Steinert

Identifying Divine Agency: The Hands of the Gods in Context By: Nils P. Heessel

Kamadme, the Sumerian Counterpart of the Demon Lamastu By: Andrew R. George

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wolf: Aggressive Magic and Witchcraft in the Old Babylonian Period By: Avigail Mertens-Wagschal

Evil Helpers: Instrumentalizing Agents of Evil in Anti-witchcraft Rituals By: Daniel Schwemer

Magico-medical Plants and Incantations on Assyrian House Amulets By: Strahil V. Panayotov

Alternative Models for the Development of Some Incantations By: Tzvi Abusch

Reusing Incantations and Making New from Old: On the Formation and Therapeutic Objective of the Mussu'u (?Embrocation?) Compendium

By: Barbara Bock

Tracing Mesopotamian Medical Knowledge: A Study of maskadu and Related Illnesses By: Troels Pank Arboll

Ina lumun attali Sin: On Evil and Lunar Eclipses By: Francesca Rochberg

Highway to Hell: The Winds as Cosmic Conveyors in Mesopotamian Incantation Texts By: Enrique Jimenez

The Gottertypentext as a Humanistic Mappa Mundi: An Essay By: Frans A. M. Wiggermann

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