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Bibil Identifier bibil:249557
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) "And the Impure and Abominable Priests Fled for Help to the Names of the Devils": Amulets and Magical Practices in Syriac Christian Culture Between Late Antiquity and the Modern World
Author Moriggi, Marco
Journal Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies (Volume: 19, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Language English
Pages 371-384 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Starting from a memrā probably authored by Isḥaq of Antioch (5th century), the paper illustrates how evidence of the magical practices referred to in its text may be found in contemporary incantations featured on Syriac incantation bowls. Magic texts subsequently found their way into the Syriac Christian amulets, which incorporate liturgical utterances, prayers, and references to the Gospels, saints, and articles of the Christian faith. The paper addresses the problem of how the texts evolved from Late Antiquity to the present day and what role the Christian clergy (according to the memrā deeply involved in magic practice since Late Antiquity) played in this transmission and transformation of texts.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Literature : Rituals and Magical Texts
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Magic
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Amulet
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Periods : Fifth Century
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