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The Witchcraft Series Maqlû

The Witchcraft Series Maqlû

Tzvi Abusch
  • Book Info
    The Witchcraft Series Maqlû
    Book Description:

    A new reconstruction and translation of the Maqlû text

    The Akkadian series Maqlû, "Burning," is one of the most significant and interesting magical texts from the Ancient Near East. The incantations and accompanying rituals are directed against witches and witchcraft and ctually represent a single complex ceremony. The ceremony was performed during a single night and into the following morning at the end of the month Abu (July/August), a time when spirits were thought to move back and forth between the netherworld and the world of the living.


    English translation of approximately 100 incantations and ritualsAnnotated transcriptionIntroduction places the series in historical context and shows how it is a product of a complex literary and ceremonial development.

    eISBN: 978-1-62837-085-0
    Subjects: History, Language & Literature, Sociology

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  1. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
    (pp. ix-x)
    Theodore J. Lewis

    Writings from the Ancient World is designed to provide up-to-date, readable English translations of writings recovered from the ancient Near East.

    The series is intended to serve the interests of general readers, students, and educators who wish to explore the ancient Near Eastern roots of Western civilization or to compare these earliest written expressions of human thought and activity with writings from other parts of the world. It should also be useful to scholars in the humanities or social sciences who need clear, reliable translations of ancient Near Eastern materials for comparative purposes. Specialists in particular areas of the ancient...

    (pp. xiii-xiv)
    (pp. 1-42)

    This volume presents a transcription and translation of Maqlû, “Burning,” the longest and most important magical ritual against witchcraft from ancient Mesopotamia. I should preface my presentation of this Akkadian composition and ceremony with a few words of introduction about Mesopotamian magic and witchcraft and about the ancient literature that centers upon such concerns.

    It is particularly important to start out with definitions, especially here in an SBL WAW volume, because magic and witchcraft are treated some what differently in Mesopotamia and in biblical literature. I understand as magical those Mesopotamian rites that address the human needs, crises, and desires,...

  5. Maqlû Ritual Tablet
    (pp. 150-168)