Babylonian and Assyrian Literature eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 283 pages of information about Babylonian and Assyrian Literature.

[Footnote 1:  Literally, “opposition.”]

TABLET V

He who makes an image (which) injures the man,[1] an evil face, an evil eye, an evil mouth, an evil tongue, evil lips, an evil poison.  Spirit of heaven remember, spirit of earth remember.

[Footnote 1:  Here we have a reference to a custom well known in the Middle Ages.  A waxen figure was made, and as it melted before the fire the person represented by it was supposed, similarly to waste away.  It will be remembered that Horace ("Sat.” i, 8, 30 sq.) speaks of the waxen figure made by the witch Canidia in order that the lover might consume away in the fires of love.  Roman and mediaeval sorcery had its origin in that of ancient Accad.]

TABLET VI

The cruel spirit, the strong spirit of the head, the head-spirit that departs not, the head-spirit that goes not forth, the head-spirit that will not go, the noxious head-spirit.  Spirit of heaven remember, spirit of earth remember.

TABLET VII

The poisonous spittle of the mouth[1] which is noxious to the voice, the phlegm which is destructive to the ..., the pustules of the lungs, the pustule of the body, the loss of the nails, the removal (and) dissolving of old excrement, the skin which is stripped off, the recurrent ague of the body, the food which hardens in a man’s body, the food which returns after being eaten, the drink which distends after drinking, death by poison, from the swallowing of the mouth which distends, the unreturning wind from the desert.  Spirit of heaven remember, spirit of earth remember.

[Footnote 1:  That would be consumption.]

TABLET VIII

May Nin-cigal,[1] the wife of Nin-a’su, turn her face toward another place; may the noxious spirit go forth and seize another; may the propitious cherub and the propitious genie settle upon his body.  Spirit of heaven remember, spirit of earth remember.

[Footnote 1:  “Nin-cigal” ("The Lady of the Mighty Earth”) was Queen of Hades and a form of “Allat” or “Istar.”  She is also identified with Gula or Bahu (the Bohu or “Chaos” of Gen. i. 2), “The Lady of the House of Death,” and wife of Hea or Nin-a’su.]

TABLET IX

May Nebo, the great steward, the recliner (or incubus) supreme among the gods, like the god who has begotten him, seize upon his head; against his life may he not break forth.  Spirit of heaven remember, spirit of earth remember.

TABLET X

(On) the sick man by the sacrifice of mercy may perfect health shine like bronze; may the Sun-god give this man life; may Merodach, the eldest son of the deep (give him) strength, prosperity, (and) health.  Spirit of heaven remember, spirit of earth remember.

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