Employing fabric spanning 3000 years, this publication examines childbirth within the Biblical and Babylonian global. It follows the mum and baby from perception to weaning, reading numerous diversified texts and issues. It offers with the vicissitudes and methods of labour and supply, supply with magical vegetation and amulets, and with criminal matters with regards to abortion or to the legal responsibility of the wet-nurse. the various texts are wealthy and particular. Babylonian incantations to facilitate delivery describe the kid relocating "over the darkish sea" and, like a boat, attaining "the quay of life". Discussions are supplemented with suitable examples drawn from Greek and Roman resources, Rabbinic literature, and smooth ethnographic fabric from conventional center japanese societies. The final bankruptcy bargains with the terrible baby-snatching demon, Lamastum.
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Describe that stone siibu. See B. Landsberger, JCS 21 (1967) 153. Otherwise CAD I/J 302 b ("the tavern keeper's stone"; wrong). be cutting of the umbilical cord, follows (36); see p. Ill. be description of a stone named "stone of giving birth" (42; preserved as [N~] MUD MU-su in BAM 4 378 III 11). "It is ... (sepa) like a lump of salt" (CAD K 403b). be "stone of giving birth"? 12 KADP 12H 66 f. N. A. Barb in Journal of the Wartburg and Courtauld Institutes 13 (1950) 316-8. 14 Article "Aetites", in PW I (1894) 704 f.
21 Another scholar saw a connection with the word for "copper" (again era) and the Euphrates, Uruttu. 22 These speculations cannot be the basis for assuming the existence of the eagle-stone in Babylonia. Furthermore, the descriptions of the ittamir stone or "the stone of giving birth" hardly fit that stone. Another "stone" which was associated with pregnancy is the shell. The Sumerian Stones to prevent miscarriage and to facilitate birth are known from many cultures. 13 The expression "eaglestone" is already known in the Classical world.
67-75. Brief 652ff + 28/n + 127/r; photos in the rear of the book. , no. 75 (G I), with commentary in II, 268-272. See also G. Beckman, Hiltit/! Sinh Rituals (1983) 253-5. We have adopted Beckman's translation. 58 Edel, 38. Burde, Hethitische medizinische Texte (1974). 70 Edel, 40, 44 ~. ,' adduces a parallel from the Arabic world: their doctors claimed that they had a concoction to get elderly women pregnant - admittedly in shah Allah. 71 See above, p. 10. 72 LAS 247 = SAA X 316 rev. 15-23; translation by Simo Parpola.
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