For those of you lucky enough to live in the UK, Treadwell’s is offering the following lecture on December 11:
Witchcraft Beliefs in Ancient Mesopotamia
Babylonian Rituals for Fighting Enemies and Healing Witchcraft-Induced Illnesses
Dr Daniel Schwemer (SOAS)
£5.00 in advanc3
7.15 for 7.30 start
Tonight’s illustrated talk will introduceyou to Mesopotamian witchcraft beliefs, and then go into a more detailed discussion of a rite called the Maqlû (“Burning”) — the most extensive Babylonian anti-witchcraft ritual, which involved numerous ritual actions and the recitation of almost a hundred incantations…
For those of us who are not so lucky:
Daniel Schwemer is a Reader in Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. His has published estensively on Mesopotamian religion and magic. Together with Tzvi Abusch, Brandeis University, he is preparing the Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals.
This will, I hope, encompass my previously-expressed desire for a new Maqlu translation.