The Seven Names of Lamaštu

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The Seven Names of Lamaštu

A Journey through Mesopotamian Magick and Beyond
By Jan Fries

THE SEVEN NAMES OF LAMAŠTU, A Journey through Mesopotamian Magick and Beyond

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The Seven Names of Lamaštu is an exploration of the religions and mysteries of the cradle of civilisation, Mesopotamia by Jan Fries, author of Kālī Kaula and Dragon Bones. The Sumerians developed the first functional script (3500-3200 BC), the priests wrote god lists, dictionaries, catalogues, recorded spells, myth and poetry – and committed the first known medical prescriptions and rituals into writing. In the centre of their faith lurks the lustful animal-headed goddess DIM.ME/Lamaštu , exiled from Heaven for her forbidden desires, and charged by the council of Gods with a fearsome task: to cull the vulnerable and keep the human population within manageable limits. For all but a few, her name conjured terror in the hearts of Mesopotamians.

Jan Fries seeks to redress the balance, by showing that this rebellious goddess, so demonized by superstitious folk and modern academics, is an essential expression of the divine. Lamaštu’s numerous, but rarely discussed, positive attributes bring her into focus. She is a victorious goddess, who listens to prayers, haunts both swamps and the mountain forests she loves, banishes lethal spirits, helps with the birth of wild animals and adopts stray piglets and puppies. She is a sacred woman, a priestess and a midwife to her brothers, the gods.

This is a modern translation of the famous Lamaštu Series, with commentary, which can be used as a dictionary and travel companion through the earliest form of religion and sorcery. It is a journey that takes us through the rise and fall of empires, the changing status of women, Sacred Marriage, everyday rituals, sacrifice, divination, ritual training, conjuration, banishment, vengeful magic, spells and counterspells, dream-magic, the dawn of science, medicine and ritual music – with teachings on how to build your own civilisation using only rivers, reeds and clay. Lamaštu takes us from a lion-headed Stone-Age statuette in Central Europe all the way to China. Identified with the goddesses Lilītu and Ardat Lilî by the end of the second millennia, she emerges in medieval Spain as the modern Lilith. In the Arabian desert her counterpart is the dreaded Ḳarīna, in ancient Greece, she becomes the Lamia. She inspired the artwork of the Gorgo Medusa, connects with hundreds of terrifying and deadly “mothers” in India, and becomes the dreaded Albasti/Lobasta in Turkey and China. In China, she is closely related to the tiger-fanged Daoist goddess Xiwangmu, the goddess Guimu (Mother of Ghosts) and the Buddhist deity Harirī.

The book concludes with the mysteries, meditations and practical rituals of Siṁhamukhā, the Lion-headed Goddess of Hindu and Buddhist Tantra, and a set of innovative, syncretistic meditations and trances based on the Seven Names of Lamaštu.

Child of Heaven.
Watchful One of the Gods of the Streets.
Decapitator.
Fire-Starter.
Wild-Countenance.
Trusted.
Oathbound, Free to Fly.

Seven names of an ancient goddess. Seven names to remember.


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“Sometimes, what appears to be horrible has a valid and divine function in the world. Lamaštu is an exalted goddess, a victorious lady, a ruler of mankind, and performs the tasks given to her by the assembly of the gods. Most of her errands may seem savage, but the Mesopotamians were aware that they had to be done.” – Jan Fries


TABLE OF CONTENTS

RITES OF THANKSGIVING
INTRODUCTION
TIME AND SPACE
SWAMPLAND MYSTERIES
MARVELS OF IRRIGATION
CITY PEOPLE
INVENTING CUNEIFORM
EARLY SUMERIAN RELIGION: FERTILITY CULTS, DYING GODS, SACRED MARRIAGE OR WHAT?
GOD LISTS
THEODIVERSITY
THE NATURE OF THE GODS
RELIGIOUS SPECIALISTS
A FAST JOURNEY THROUGH MESOPOTAMIAN HISTORY
Prehistoric Period
The Uruk Period
The Early Dynastic Period
The Akkadian Period
Ur III
The Isin-Larsa Period
The Old Babylonian Period
Occupation by Kassites and Hurrians
The Second Dynasty of Isin and the Assyrian Revival
Assyrian Supremacy
Neo-Babylonian rule and its successors
THE LAMAŠTU SERIES
THIS COMPILATION: SOURCES, SCHOLARS AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL
FACE VALUES AND HIDDEN MEANINGS
FIRST PART OF THE LAMAŠTU SERIES
SECOND PART OF THE LAMAŠTU SERIES
THIRD PART OF THE LAMAŠTU SERIES
SUPPLEMENT TO LS III, 105:
LAMAŠTU: ORIGINS
DIM.ME: WHAT’S IN HER NAME?
A CLUSTER OF DIMME’S
LAMAŠTU: ICONOGRAPHY
PIGS AND DOGS
ANU’S DAUGHTER
LAMAŠTU AND SORCERY
DIAGNOSIS BY BUBBLES, FLAMES AND DREAMS
MEDICAL TEXTBOOKS
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
PLACEBO MEDICINE
MEET THE CONJURERS
THE TRAINING OF A CONJURER
LAMAŠTU DISEASES
HEAT AND SHUDDERING: A MAGICAL INTERPRETATION
THE HANDS OF THE GODS
INSEMINATING YOURSELF
WATERS FROM ERIDU
KNOT MAGIC
MATHS, STAR-GAZING, AND SACRED NUMEROLOGY
GOD NUMBERS
A SACRED CALENDAR
SACRED MUSIC
LAMAŠTU: DIASPORA
IN THE WAKE OF THE WINDS
INVENTING A GODDESS
THE MAKING OF A MYTH
APPEAL FOR IŠTAR
GODDESSES, WITH AND WITHOUT FEATHERS.
IN THE HANDS OF EREŠKIGAL
CLOSE COUSINS
LIVING IN A TREE
RIDERS OF THE GALE
LILÛ DISEASES
HOLIDAYS IN EDOM
THE AMULET OF ARSLAN TASH
LILITH IN TALMUD AND MIDRASH
INCANTATION BOWLS FROM NIPPUR
LILITH RELOADED
LILITH THE SEDUCER
SISTERS OF LILITH
CHILD SLAYER
FAMILY AFFAIRS
OUR LADY OF CRISIS
NAMES OF LILITH
ḲARĪNA
FROM LAMAŠTU TO LAMIA
MEDUSA
TIGER GODDESSES OF CHINA
ALBASTI AND ĀL: ACROSS ASIA
INDIAN MOTHERS
THE LION-FACED GODDESS
THE SEVEN NAMES OF LAMAŠTU: INNOVATIVE TRANCES AND MEDITATIONS
MEDITATIONS, TRANCE AND MAGICK
SHORT GLOSSARY: PRIESTLY OFFICES, TEMPLES AND CITIES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX


“Lamaštu is attentive to prayers, listens to those who invoke her, and shows compassion. That’s the reason why conjurers could negotiate with her. It does not mean that she gives you what you want. If you are lucky, you’ll get what you need. Whether you like it or not.” – Jan Fries

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