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By Stol

ISBN-10: 9072371895

ISBN-13: 9789072371898

Utilizing fabric spanning 3000 years, this ebook examines childbirth within the Biblical and Babylonian global. It follows the mum and baby from notion to weaning, reading various assorted texts and themes. It bargains with the vicissitudes and strategies of labour and supply, supply with magical vegetation and amulets, and with felony concerns when it comes to abortion or to the legal responsibility of the wet-nurse. the various texts are wealthy and targeted. Babylonian incantations to facilitate start describe the kid relocating "over the darkish sea" and, like a boat, attaining "the quay of life". Discussions are supplemented with proper examples drawn from Greek and Roman assets, Rabbinic literature, and sleek ethnographic fabric from conventional heart japanese societies. The final bankruptcy offers with the terrible baby-snatching demon, Lamastum.

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According to one title, the incantation is meant for a woman having a difficult labour (muStapsiqtu):88 - The woman who was about to give birth steered the gi-boat through the water, pure Inanna steered the gi-boat through the water, NinlJursag steered the gi-boat through the water. As on a boat carrying perfume, perfume has been loaded, as on a boat carrying cedar wood, cedar wood has been loaded, on the boat (for) cornelian / lapis lazuli she loaded cornelian / lapis lazuli. The woman .. vulva ...

I cannot agree; see also Akkadica 23 (mei-augustus 1981) 18 f. I. Gordon, JCS 21 (1967) 80 note 27. 53 J. Preuss, Biblisch-Talmudische Medizin (1911) 539 f. "The two lovers", I. Low, Die Flora der Juden III (1924) 364. P. ; the modem story: see below, note 61, George Smith, writing on Orfa. 3 C I! 12 ("The Palace of Baal"). The meaning of the passage is not clear. C. de Moor wrote: "Thus it would seem that the act of putting the fruit into the earth is a rite to stimulate fertility of Mother Earth just before and during the season of early rains and ploughing"; The seasonal pattern in the Ugaritic myth of Ba'lu (1971) 105.

The other two uses of the plant are here: love and sex (U ra-';'i u ~u-lJi), and (against) fears (1] gi-lit-ti). Many other plants in this list are also against fear. Again for a woman in labour, but plant-name broken: III 14. 40 W. von Soden, StOr46 (1975) 328, with StOr48 (1977) 6 ("umgestiirzt" als Attribut zu "Frau"). Cf. CAD SI! 262a, salputtu disc. Note that an obscure salquttu in another medical text on women follows. BI [ ... J. Sumerian TAG is Akkadian lapiitu, liptu. 42 BAM 4 379 IV 3.

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