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The Anti-Witchcraft Ritual Maqlû

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This book examines the epigraphy and history of transmission of the cuneiform sources of the Maql anti-witchcraft ritual, one of ... Weiterlesen
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This book examines the epigraphy and history of transmission of the cuneiform sources of the Maql anti-witchcraft ritual, one of the major compositions of ancient Mesopotamian exorcistic lore and a masterpiece of Babylonian literature. The performance of Maql, 'Burning', stretched over a whole night and included the recitation of almost a hundred incantations. In the course of the ritual, the victim of witchcraft is transferred from a state of imminent death back to life; he is purified and his bound state undone. The witches are assigned the fate they had intended for their victim by sending the witchcraft back to them. The book consists of three parts: First, an introduction to the Maql ceremony as a Babylonian anti-witchcraft ritual is provided; it includes an attempt at giving a step-by-step reconstruction of the ritual drama of Maql based on the instructions for its performance and the texts of its recitations. Next, a set of more specialized studies is devoted to various aspects of the cuneiform transmission of Maql: the history of the text's reconstruction; the types of manuscripts; their specic provenance and historical context; variation in the textual transmission as well as spelling conventions and linguistic characteristics. Finally, the manuscripts are presented in 'hand-copies' (technical drawings) on the plates in the second half of the book.

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Titel: The Anti-Witchcraft Ritual Maqlû
Untertitel: The Cuneiform Sources of a Magic Ceremony from Ancient Mesopotamia
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EAN: 9783447196321
ISBN: 978-3-447-19632-1
Digitaler Kopierschutz: frei
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Harrassowitz Verlag
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 220
Veröffentlichung: 01.06.2017
Jahr: 2017
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 17.1 MB