Sources of Evil: Studies in Mesopotamian Exorcistic Lore.
Sources of Evil: Studies in Mesopotamian Exorcistic Lore
Edited by Greta Van Buylaere, Mikko Luukko, Daniel Schwemer, and Avigail Mertens-Wagschal
Ancient Magic and Divination; Volume15
Near Eastern scholars present the latest understanding of Akkadian and Sumerian texts associated with the profession of the exorcist in ancient Mesopotamia, in this collection of edited papers from the April 2015 conference, oSources of Evil: Complexity and Systematization, Differentiation, and Interdependency in Mesopotamian Exorcistic Lore, o which was held at the University of W'rzburg. The papers are grouped in sections on organizing magical and medical knowledge, agents of evil and causes of illness, repelling evil with rituals and incantations, concepts and therapies of illness, and the living and the ordered world in exorcistic lore. Some specific topics addressed include evil and lunar eclipses, Mesopotamian medical knowledge, witchcraft in the old Babylonian period, and using agents of evil in anti-witchcraft rituals. The book includes b&w maps and historical illustrations. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)