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Author Farber, Walter, 1947- author

Title Lamastu : an edition of the canonical series of Lamastu incantations and rituals and related texts from the second and first millennia B.C. / Walter Farber
Published Winona Lake, Indiana : Eisenbrauns, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (489 pages) : illustrations
Series Mesopotamian Civilizations ; 17
Mesopotamian civilizations ; 17
Contents ""Contents""; ""LamaÅ¡tu, Daughter of Anu: A Sketch""; ""The LamaÅ¡tu Texts: Ancient History""; ""LamaÅ¡tu Texts in the Third and Second Millennia b.c.""; ""Early Sumerian LamaÅ¡tu Incantations""; ""Akkadian LamaÅ¡tu Texts from the OA and OB Periods""; ""LamaÅ¡tu Texts from the MB Period""; ""LamaÅ¡tu Texts in the First Millennium b.c.""; ""The Canonical LamaÅ¡tu Series""; ""An Early Canonical Version in the 13th Century?""; ""Different Recensions in the First Millennium""; ""The á¹uppu Recension (Assur and Babylonia)""; ""The pirsu Recension (Nineveh and Sultantepe)""
""1.1.�Duplicate Texts to the Series""""1.2.�Parallel Texts Used in the Reconstruction of the Canonical Series""; ""1.2.1.�Parallels Excerpted from the Canonical Text""; ""1.2.2.�Independent Parallels""; ""Part II:�Lamaštu Incantations and Rituals That Are Not Part of the SB Series (“Non-Canonical Lam.�)""; ""2.1.�Non-Canonical OB and OA Lamaštu Incantations""; ""2.2.�MB Lamaštu Texts from Peripheral Areas Not Directly Related to the Series""; ""2.3.�Other SB Lamaštu Incantations and Rituals""; ""Part III:�Appendix""; ""Table I.�Previous Publications""
""€œNi/Siâ€? and Possible Other Recensions""""The Colophons of Tablets belonging to the “Lam.â€? Series""; ""Excerpt Texts and Adaptations of Passages from the Canonical Lam. Series""; ""Canonical Incantations Used in Other Ritual Contexts""; ""School Tablets Containing Excerpts from the LamaÅ¡tu Series""; ""Excerpts and Adaptations from “Lam. IIIâ€?""; ""LamaÅ¡tu Amulets""; ""Other SB LamaÅ¡tu Incantations and Rituals""; ""Non-Canonical LamaÅ¡tu Incantations in a Variety of Ritual Settings""; ""“NDâ€?: Another SB Connection to the Middle Babylonian Compendium “Ugâ€?""
""€œSKSâ€?: Assyrian Influence in Uruk?""""“RAâ€?: A Multi-Use LamaÅ¡tu Incantation""; ""“STT 144,â€? “STT 145,â€? and “FsBâ€?: More Non-Canonical LamaÅ¡tu Texts from NA Libraries""; ""Non-Canonical Rituals With Ties to the LamaÅ¡tu Corpus""; ""Appendix""; ""The LamaÅ¡tu Texts: Recent History""; ""The Beginnings in the 19th Century: LamaÅ¡tu Amulets""; ""The First Texts""; ""From Myhrman to Geers""; ""Franz Köcher: Dissertation (1948) and CAD manuscript (1974)""; ""New Discoveries Since 1977""; ""Manuscript Sources""; ""Part I: The Canonical LamaÅ¡tu Series (“Lam. Iâ€?IIIâ€?)""
""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 that have not been fully incorporated into the canonical text of “Lam. I�III.�""; ""The Texts: Edition""; ""Part I: The Canonical Lamaštu Series (“Lam. I�III�)""; ""Transliteration in Score Format*""; ""Lam. I (= 1. pirsu)""; ""Lam. II (= 2. pirsu)""; ""Lam. III (= 3. pirsu)""; ""Transcription and Translation""
Summary Lamastu 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Lamashtu (Assyro-Babylonian deity)
Mythology, Assyro-Babylonian.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1575062585
1575068826 (electronic bk.)
9781575068824 (electronic bk.)