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Author: Tzvi Abusch

religion. Therefore, in a Mesopotamian context, witchcraft refers not to magical behavior as such, but to inimical behavior, that is, to the practice of magic for antisocial and destructive purposes (though, as we shall note later, not all behavior so labeled was, in fact, motivated by evil intentions

In: Further Studies on Mesopotamian Witchcraft Beliefs and Literature

, as the formula often reads, “life and light”, 2 that acts directly in beneficial ways from a distance on all beings in the universe. It enlivens all of nature and brings it to fruition. Yet solar light is the physical manifestation of its principle, divine light, which first created the world; and

In: Hellenistic Astronomy
Author: Tzvi Abusch

approach that designates ancient patterns of behavior and belief according to modern categories and views zikurrudâ purely in pathological terms fails to take account of the fact that some diseases are a function of cultural beliefs that motivate behavior, behavior that may seem bizarre to us but

In: Further Studies on Mesopotamian Witchcraft Beliefs and Literature