The Apotropaic magical text M389 and M8430/I/ in Manichaean Middle Persian

Desmond Durkin-Meisterernst

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Abstract

Among the few magical texts in an Iranian language and Manichaean script in the Berlin Turfan Collection is an as yet mostly unpublished text wich we are fortunate to have in a partly duplicated form in the fragments M389 and M8430/I. A precise definition of the function of the text is possible, since the first part makes the apotropaic function perfectly clear. Other magical texts in Iranian languages and Manichaean script have been identified in the Turfan collection, but this magical text seems to have a clear western, indeed a specifically Semitic origin and displays elements also found in magical bowls and other texts found in Mesopotamia and neighbouring regions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-160
Number of pages20
JournalARAM Periodical
Volume16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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