One the topics I am exploring extensively right now is the topic of magic. It is a hotly debated topic, with a wealth of data to draw from an develop our understanding of it. So, I am currently reading one of the most well known “magic” texts from the ancient world, namely the anti-witchcraft ritual. It is more commonly referred to as Maqlu.
What I find interesting, though, is the way that language is employed in the text. Near the beginning of the text, we read the following:
I have made an image of my witch and my warlock
Of the one who made my image and the one who performs (witchcraft) against me.
(Tablet 1, Lines 15-16)
What I find interesting in these lines is the parallelism at play. In line 15, a G Preterite 1CS form describes the patients as “making” an image of the witch and warlock…
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