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Mesopotamian Gallery: Evil And Protection
The religious life of the private individual in Mesopotamia appears to have been centered around spirits, demons, witches, ghosts and other basic animistic and natural forces. In this world view of magic and personal gods, the practice of religion was probably largely concerned with the appeasement of such forces through incantations, spells, amulets, and personal devotions. In the exhibit, quotations from ancient texts and the means taken to combat and cope with the general conditions that commonly beset people are displayed.
Revised: February 19, 2007