Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-Witchcraft Rituals Glossaries and Indices

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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.

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Greta Van Buylaere, Ph.D. (2009), University of Udine, was Research Associate on the “Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-Witchcraft Rituals” project at the University of Würzburg. Her research includes studies on witchcraft, Neo-Assyrian letters, literacy, administration and geography.

Mikko Luukko, Ph.D. (2004), University of Helsinki, was Research Associate on the “Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-Witchcraft Rituals” project at the University of Würzburg. He has published monographs and articles on Neo-Assyrian letters and Assyrian grammar.
All those interested in religion, witchcraft beliefs, magic, and medicine in antiquity, as well as students of the ancient Near East, Egypt, and the Bible.