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Critical Catalogue of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals

The Critical Catalogue of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals (CCMAwR) is the backbone of the online corpus of Mesopotamian anti-witchcraft texts. It offers information on the different anti-witchcraft compositions/editions and their manuscripts/tablets.

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How to use this catalogue

The button Home Page, the cuneiform sign for É = bītu = house, will bring you back to the home page.

You can search the CCMAwR catalogue for tablets by choosing one of the first three options when you are looking for respectively: 1) information on a specific tablet; 2) a group of tablets (e.g., all anti-witchcraft tablets from a certain provenance or period); or 3) a tablet that was copied in a certain publication.

The resulting page will give you information on the tablet's format, the language, script and the period it was written in, and its archival context (if known). Links to CDLI and/or HPM are provided when available. Moreover, Schwemer's cuneiform copies, including his collection of Maqlû copies, can be accessed. If the tablet is edited in CMAwR vol. 1 or 2, links to information on the relevant composition(s) on CCMAwR and to their digital edition on Oracc (vol. 1) are given as well.

You can also search the CCMAwR catalogue for compositions by choosing one of the last three options when you are looking for respectively: 4) information on a specific composition (by group and title as edited in CMAwR); 5) the composition(s) including certain incantations; or 6) a composition that was previously edited elsewhere (thus excluding CMAwR).

The composition information is at present available for the compositions edited in CMAwR vol. 1 (complete), vol. 2 (in progress) and Maqlû (complete). The retrieved data includes a link to the composition on Oracc (vol. 1), information on the content and synopsis of the text (vol. 1), previous editions (vol. 1, Maqlû) and relevant manuscripts (vol. 1 and 2, Maqlû).

Included and forthcoming in CCMAwR

Data on the compositions and tablets edited in:

Tzvi Abusch - Daniel Schwemer, Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals, vol. 1 (Ancient Magic and Divination 8/1), Leiden - Boston: Brill, 2011.Completed
Tzvi Abusch - Daniel Schwemer - Mikko Luukko - Greta Van Buylaere, Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals, vol. 2 (Ancient Magic and Divination 8/2), Leiden - Boston: Brill, 2016.In progress
Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals, vol. 3Forthcoming
Tzvi Abusch, The Magical Ceremony Maqlû (Ancient Magic and Divination 10), Leiden - Boston: Brill, 2016.Completed

Related websites

CMAwRo (http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/cmawro/corpus) presents online critical editions of Mesopotamian rituals and incantations against witchcraft. The text editions and translations are derived from the Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals (CMAwR vol. 1, Brill: 2011). The texts edited in vol. 2 and Maqlû will be available online in the near future.

An explanatory website on Mesopotamian witchcraft and magic can be found on http://www.cmawro.altorientalistik.uni-wuerzburg.de/.

Acknowledgements

CCMAwR was created as part of the DFG-funded project Corpus babylonischer Rituale und Beschwörungen gegen Schadenzauber: Edition, lexikalische Erschließung, historische und literarische Analyse, directed by Daniel Schwemer at the University of Würzburg.

Feedback

Comments, corrections, suggestions and/or additional references are welcome. Please contact Greta Van Buylaere at greta.van.buylaere@uni-wuerzburg.de.