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Lamaštu

An Edition of the Canonical Series of Lamashtu Incantations and Rituals and Related Texts from the Second and First Millennia B.C.

Walter Farber

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2014

Mesopotamian Civilizations

Lamaštu

An Edition of the Canonical Series of Lamashtu Incantations and Rituals and Related Texts from the Second and First Millennia B.C.

Walter Farber

Lamaštu was one of the most important Mesopotamian demons, playing a dominant role in the magico-religious and magico-medical beliefs and practices of ancient Mesopotamia for nearly two millennia. Yet, she has never been the subject of a scholarly monograph dedicated to the textual and visual evidence for her, her activities, and the measures that ancient magical specialists took to counter her. This volume also falls short of this description, because it covers only one part of the material: it is an edition of the textual record only, which is, however, collected here as completely as seems possible today. Walter Farber, who has studied these materials for decades, presents a comprehensive collection of all of the known texts, the texts of the primary incantations in a “score” format, and transliteration and translation of a number of ancillary texts. This much-awaited volume will fill the void in the literature on this aspect of the life and thought of ancient Mesopotamian peoples regarding the character of this malevolent creature and the means of warding off the threat that she posed.

 

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Lamaštu was one of the most important Mesopotamian demons, playing a dominant role in the magico-religious and magico-medical beliefs and practices of ancient Mesopotamia for nearly two millennia. Yet, she has never been the subject of a scholarly monograph dedicated to the textual and visual evidence for her, her activities, and the measures that ancient magical specialists took to counter her. This volume also falls short of this description, because it covers only one part of the material: it is an edition of the textual record only, which is, however, collected here as completely as seems possible today. Walter Farber, who has studied these materials for decades, presents a comprehensive collection of all of the known texts, the texts of the primary incantations in a “score” format, and transliteration and translation of a number of ancillary texts. This much-awaited volume will fill the void in the literature on this aspect of the life and thought of ancient Mesopotamian peoples regarding the character of this malevolent creature and the means of warding off the threat that she posed.

Lamaštu, Daughter of Anu: A Sketch

The Lamaštu Texts: Ancient History

Lamaštu Texts in the Third and Second Millennia B.C.

Lamaštu Texts in the First Millennium B.C.

The Lamaštu Texts: Recent History

The Beginnings in the 19th Century: Lamaštu Amulets

The First Texts

From Myhrman to Geers

Franz Köcher: Dissertation (1948) and CAD manuscript (1974)

New Discoveries Since 1977</p<p>Manuscript Sources

Part I: The Canonical Lamaštu Series (“Lam. I–III”)

Part II: Lamaštu Incantations and Rituals That Are Not Part of the Standard Babylonian Series

Part III: Three Unidentified Standard Babylonian Fragments with Possible Connections to the Lamaštu Corpus

Table I. Previous Publications

Table II. List of Museum and Excavation Numbers

Table III. Concordance between “Lam. I–II” and “Lam. III” (Rituals and Incipits)

Table IV: Index to Separate Transliterations, Transcriptions, and Translations of Parallels and Related Texts

The Texts: Edition

Part I: The Canonical Lamaštu Series (“Lam. I–III”)

Part II: Lamaštu Incantations and Rituals That Are Not Part of the Standard Babylonian Series

Part III: Three Unidenti ed Standard Babylonian Fragments with Possible Connections to the Lamaštu Corpus

Glossary to the Lamaštu Texts Bibliography

Indexes

Plates

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