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Anti-witchcraft Prescriptions from Ḫattuša and Nippur

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Two anti-witchcraft prescriptions from the late second millennium BCE are edited for the first time: a fragment from Ḫattuša (HT 75 = BM 108557) and a previously unpublished fragment from Nippur (CBS 11059). The piece from Ḫattuša joins an important therapeutic/prophylactic compilation that has first-millennium duplicates from Assur and Kalḫu, while the manuscript from Nippur, which has duplicates from Ḫattuša and Nineveh, illustrates the early stabilization of a ritual tradition that is later formulated as a measure against a type of witchcraft called zikurudû, “throat-cutting”[1].

Published Online: 2016-6-28
Published in Print: 2016-6-28

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