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Hittite rituals against threats and other diseases and their relationship to the mesopotamian traditions

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This chapter explains the importance of Hittite ritual and incantation literature, of Hittite magical science of healing for the study of Akkadian ritual literature as a whole. According to Hittite belief, any divergence from a state of normality, be it on an individual level, in a social group, or in nature, is viewed as a threat and can only be repelled through a ritual act. Such threats are primarily disorders either of a physical, or more important, a mental nature. The Hittite tradition of festival rituals and associated myths developed entirely independently from Syro-Mesopotamian influences. The context of these rituals invariably relates to the healing of a diseased person, be it regarding the arrival or departure of benign deities at the scene where the rituals are carried out, the acquisition of ritual paraphernalia from foreign regions, or the persecution of demonic forces.

Keywords: Akkadian ritual literature; diseased person; Hittite belief; magical science; Mesopotamian tradition



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