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Old 13-12-2013, 01:07 AM   #134
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Lightbulb Prayers of the Lifting of the Hand

Babylonian Magic and Sorcery is a treasury of esoteric writing concerning the prayers and rituals to ancient deities from the dawn of Western civilization. Leonard W. King, an expert in the field of Babylonian and Assyrian translations, presents a series of texts from tablets uncovered during archaeological excavations at Ninevah. Included are 76 illustrations of cuneiform tablets, King's transliteration and translation of the inscriptions, and appendices with a Hebrew-Babylonian-English glossary, a list of proper names, and a list of numerals. When first published in 1896, recognition of this remarkable work was largely eclipsed by the popularity and profusion of newly discovered Egyptian magical texts. However, as R. A. Gilbert points out in a new Foreword for this edition, the evolution of the Western Mystery Tradition actually owes more to Babylonian and Assyrian magical traditions than to anything assimilated from Egyptian sources. Therefore, this becomes a very significant text for people interested in the origins of Western religious practices and the Western Mystery Tradition...

It will be seen that the greater number of the texts formed parts of several large groups of magical tablets, and that certain sections were employed in more than one group. As they appear here they are the result of the editing of the scribes of Ashurbanipal, king of Assyria about B. C. 669 625, who had them copied and arranged for his royal library at Nineveh. There is little doubt however that the sources from which they were compiled were Babylonian. The prayers and formulae inscribed on the tablets, which bore the title of "Prayers of the Lifting of the Hand", were drawn up for use in the private worship, either of the king himself, or of certain of his subjects. Some of the tablets are inscribed with single prayers, and these appear to have been copied from the larger compositions for the use of special individuals on special occasions...With the Babylonians and Assyrians the expression "to raise the hand" was frequently used by itself in the sense of offering a prayer, and so by a natural transition it came to be employed as a synonym of "to pray", i. e. "to utter a prayer" an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with a deity, an object of worship, or a spiritual entity through deliberate communication...
THE line that separates magic from religion is exceedingly tenuous, and the magician is never loath to step across it to appropriate for his own purposes purely religious objects and beliefs. Or perhaps I should put it the other way ’round—certain religious elements acquire in time an aura of sacredness and power which clothes them, in the eyes of superstitious people, with magical properties, and they thus offer themselves spontaneously to the sorcerer. In practice, the process involves not so much a deliberate act of appropriation on the part of the magician, who is himself a member of the religious group, as it does a utilization of those tools that lie at hand. The superstitious belief must exist in the mind of the people before it can be put to magical use... the name of Moses be stricken from every book and tablet, stricken from all pylons and obelisks, stricken from every monument of Egypt.. Let the name of Moses be unheard and unspoken, erased from the memory of men for all time.. But you, Hebrew, will suffer all these things...You gave the grain to the slaves...

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