Re-Reading KAR 44, the Vademecum of the Exorcist
American Oriental Society Annual Meeting
American Oriental Society
San Antonio, TX
March 15-19, 2007
Date of Presentation
In this paper I develop an alternative reading of KAR 44, the Vademecum of the Exorcist, that adjusts the common view of Esagil-kin-apli’s editorial activities and demonstrates the attribution of secrecy to the Ashiputu corpus. In distinction to the common view, I suggest that the ruled off line in rev. 4 refers to the first list in the text (obv. 2–rev. 3). If rev. 4 is a note about authorship, as I think it is, this interpretation indicates that Esagil-kin-apli is not the author of the supplemental list in rev. 5ff. but the author of the first list. Furthermore, the emphasis on totality in obv. 1 matches the concern of the supplemental list in rev. 5ff. Thus I believe the line was added to the text at the same time that rev. 5ff. was added. For this reason, obv. 1 should not be read as the heading of the first list but as the new heading to the text as a whole, supplement and all. Having made these observations, I consider rev. 5–8, 12–13 in more detail. Rev. 5–8 do not list particular (still unidentified) works, as commonly held; rather, they characterize the serialized works of Ashiputu in their totality as secret.
Re-Reading KAR 44, the Vademecum of the Exorcist.
Paper presented at American Oriental Society Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX.