Mesopotamian Spells Against Sorcerers

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 13 October 2014

This partially broken clay tablet is the first tablet of Maqlu (Akkadian, which means burning), the Akkadian series of incantation. These spells were directed against demons and witches. The spells involved the manufacturer of wax figurines; these will then be burned in certain ceremonies. From the library of Ashurbanipal at Nineveh (modern-day Ninawa Governorate, Iraq), northern Mesopotamia. Neo-Assyrian period, 7th century BCE. (The British Museum, London).

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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