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By JoAnn Scurlock

This paintings explores the interplay among magic and drugs in historic Mesopotamia, as utilized in particular to ghosts. incorporated is a dialogue of sin and ordinary explanations in Mesopotamian medication. also, it transliterates and interprets 352 prescriptions designed to healing mental and actual illnesses considered as a result of ghosts.

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26 Legomena “To my left is Sˆın, moon crescent of the great heavens. To my right is the father ˇ of the black headed ones, Samaˇ s, the judge, both gods, fathers of the great gods, makers of decisions for the widespread people . . I am truly grieved, confused and troubled. ”411 “Girra, you are mighty, you are furious. [You make] gods and malku-demons [go aright]. You decide the case of the wronged man and woman. Stand forth ˇ [at my case] and, like the hero Samaˇ s, [set]tle my case; make a decision about me.

276 Ruptured cerebral aneurisms are intensely painful, hence ghostly, but also fatal. ”277 The same was true of other syndromes caused by ghosts, including alcoholism and shock gangrene. ”283 Most variants of ghost affliction, however, were expected to respond to treatment. 289 In sum, ancient Mesopotamian ghosts were a great deal more obnoxious than their modern counterparts. Although they certainly did their share of making spooky noises and scaring people half to death, what made them so dreadful was the wide variety of medical symptoms which they were capable of producing.

Of the torch ˇ of the luminary Sˆın . , (by) Sakkan . . ), (by) Ebi˙, bolt of the lands, are you made to swear. (By) the lord of gods have I made you swear. ) on the other. “(By) the king, you are made to swear. > (By) the great exalted lord, king of the gods, Marduk, you are made to swear. Release! >407 Let him not come near me; let him not come close to me; [let him not approach me]; let him not reach me. May he cross the river. May he go across the mountain. ”408 Similarly, when the patient wished to curse the ghost, he asked the assistance of many different gods in achieving his aim.

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