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Schwemer, Daniel (2010) 'Entrusting the Witches to Ḫumuṭ-tabal: the ušburruda Ritual BM 47806+.' Iraq, 72. pp. 63-78.

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The hitherto unpublished Late Babylonian fragment BM 47806 + adds another example to the group of rituals which counteract witchcraft by banning sorcerers to the netherworld. Šamaš is asked to hand them over, on his journey to the netherworld, to Ḫumuṭ-tabal, the ferryman of the dead. The edition of BM 47806 + is preceded by a brief overview of rituals of this type, including a discussion of the relationship between ritual burial of figurines – symbolising the dismissal of sorcerers to the netherworld – and their ritual burning, the other single most important technique of figurine magic deployed to kill warlock and witch.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East
ISSN: 00210889
Copyright Statement: © The British Institute for the Study of Iraq 2010. This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2010 15:20

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