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Magic Rituals: Conceptualization and Performance

Daniel Schwemer

in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557301
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557301.013.0020

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

Magic Rituals: Conceptualization and Performance

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This article describes the conceptualization and performance of magic rituals in ancient Mesopotamia. It investigates the technical literature associated with this profession to understand better the activities of these scholars and practitioners and various institutions and segments of Mesopotamian society associated with magic rituals. The analysis reveals that the works of these professionals overlap with those of the exorcist, physician, and snake-charmers.

Keywords: magic rituals; ancient Mesopotamia; scholars; exorcist; physician; snake-charmers

Article.  11077 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Religion in the Ancient World ; Historical Archaeology

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