Forthcoming: Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-Witchcraft Rituals

On scanning the site for the Brill publishing company, I came across this volume, with the first part scheduled for a December release:

Among the most important sources for understanding the cultures and systems of thought of ancient Mesopotamia is a large body of magical and medical texts written in the Sumerian and Akkadian languages. An especially significant branch of this literature centres upon witchcraft. Mesopotamian anti-witchcraft rituals and incantations attribute ill-health and misfortune to the magic machinations of witches and prescribe ceremonies, devices, and treatments for dispelling witchcraft, destroying the witch, and protecting and curing the patient. The Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals aims to present a reconstruction of this body of texts; it provides critical editions of the relevant rituals and prescriptions based on the study of the cuneiform tablets and fragments recovered from the libraries of ancient Mesopotamia.

If you have to ask the price, it’s likely more than you can afford.  Still, it’s nice to see new translations of this material, some of which was used for the Simon Necronomicon.

Published in: on August 6, 2010 at 5:01 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by David Muir, Erika Penn. Erika Penn said: Forthcoming: Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-Witchcraft Rituals …: An especially significant branch of this literatu… […]

  2. Actually that book is pretty cheap by Brill’s standards. They regularly have books for well over $400 a volume.

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