The Devils and Evil Spirits of Babylonia
Being Babylonian & Assyrian Incantations Against the Demons, Schools, Vampires, Ghosts, Hobgoblins & Spirits Which Attack Mankind
Originally Published in London in 1903 by R. Campbell Thompson (Assistant in the Department of Egyptian and Syrian Antiquities, British Museum
In The Devils and Evil Spirits of Babylonia the darker side of myths, legends, magical perceptions, and clandestine incantations known only to the Babylonian and Assyrian ancients are resurrected from the ages of obscurity. For centuries, these mystical rituals, summons, and chants were preserved only upon the surface of original antique cuneiform tablets. In 1904, with help from his contemporaries, antiquarian, Reverend Campbell Thompson, revisited the tablets and uncovered the secrets inscribed within the enigmatic wrinkles of history. Today, Defender Publishing brings these collections back to the table for serious researchers and students of biblical culture.
From the earliest times of Eastern races, in common with the rest of mankind, have always held a firm belief in the existence of evil spirits, ghosts, and all kindred powers. The phenomenon of death, the mystery of disease and sickness, and all the other events of common occurrence in daily life give rise to speculations about the unseen world, which gradually led to a distinction, although slight at all times, between good and evil spirits. The early Semitic people of Babylonia, whoever they may have migrated from, found a theology ready to their hands in the adopted country, which they took over from its primitive inhabitants the Sumerians, doubtless grafting to it many of the beliefs of their forefathers. To the latest times, down to a century of two before the Christian era, they retained their doctrines in their original language, making interlinear translations of them for use in the temples and among the doctors and it is owing to this that we can speak with tolerable certainty on many points of the early religion of Babylonia.
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