Skip to comments.Magical amulet decoded. It protected owner from blood-sucking spirits
Posted on 03/16/2021 11:12:33 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
A newly deciphered magical amulet claims to stop evil spirits "who eat flesh and drink blood,"...
About 1,600 years ago, the Mandaeans, who have lived in southern Iraq and Iran for millennia, wrote the incantation onto a lead amulet in their language Mandaic. When unfolded, the amulet looks like a long thin piece of lead.
The discovery could shed light on the Mandaean religion, which is complex and blends together several beliefs. Both John the Baptist and archangel Gabriel are both important figures who practiced the religion. Modern-day Mandaeans often ritually immerse themselves in water as a form of purification, and they follow a pacifist philosophy in which violence cannot be used even in self defense.
According to the deciphered text, the amulet was meant to protect a man named Abbiya from blood-drinking spirits and a demon. "In the name of life, may there be health to the spirit and soul of Abbiya, the son of Mahua," the translated text says. The amulet calls on Gabriel, who is the "angel of the gods," to "throw down, bind, strike, kill and fetter the demon." It also calls on Gabriel to stop “spirits who eat flesh and drink blood" from hurting Abbiya. "From the sons and daughters, may a great voice, healing, victory, sealing, protection, and sealing be to the body and spirit and soul of Abbiya…" the amulet says...
At the time of purchase, the collector said that the amulets were purchased by a family member in Jerusalem in the 1950s, presenting photographs supporting this claim, McCollough said. These photographs are important, as southern Iraq has been looted heavily over the past few decades; and McCollough said that many journals will not publish inscriptions from Iraq unless there is proof that they were not recently looted.
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I hate blood sucking spirits.
“ Both John the Baptist and archangel Gabriel are both important figures who practiced the religion.”
Ummm ... no.
They may be claimed to have been but Mohammad said Jesus taught Islam too so such claims are easily suspect.
They had liberals back then?....................
Quick, send one to the Duke of Sussex.
Sneaker’s Corner does a lot of work trying to uncover the true origins of Islam....
Qanon people would like to get one to protect them from dems
They’re the *worst*.
“Both John the Baptist and archangel Gabriel are both important figures who practiced the religion.” How is it known? From the Britannica site. “The Mandaeans viewed Jesus as a false messiah but revered John the Baptist, who performed miracles of healing through baptism, which the Mandaeans viewed as a magical process giving immortality, purification, and physical health.”
Who writes this cr@p?
They couldn’t even bother to wait for people who supposedly practice this sort of idolatry to respond before going to press.
And John the Baptist practiced it? If they’re claiming that because he preached a baptism of repentance, then I guess I practice it, too - after all, I take baths, too.
And angel Gabriel? I’ll have what they’re smoking for $1,000, Alex.
Just one of the many gnostic and related cults that lifted ideas from Judaism and Christianity as well as from pagan religions. They were especially prevalent in the Near East, to the point where a majority of the churches in that area were declared as heretical in the first major schism of the church, before the Catholic-Orthodox split or the Catholic-Protestant split.
That they later adopted the individuals as their own is different from saying those two were of that religion.
“Also, there was this amulet that got caught between my teeth. Until I got it out I couldn’t enunciate correctly.... And yes, that’s where blah, blah blah all started...”
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