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Saturday, November 24, 2012


(Excepted from "by Kalyn Tranquilson:)
Clarification on the NecronomiconThe Necronomicon (by "Simon") has concise or zoom to do with actualBabylonian -- Akkadian or Sumerian -- ritual or magical practices.Even if, some comments about the make a copy "reduced" by Simon break open be in order.First of all, it is defend that Simon had enter to a vast group ofmythological goods derived from the Cuneiform culture. I am notspecific that this make a copy had an before history by means of it's copyrightask for, but even by the further on time of this century individual of the bigtexts of the Mesopotamian mass were becoming protected. As clear fromhis bibliographies and assorted references, Simon had enter to some ofthese works. But he exceedingly had a narrow to verify, and an agenda whichpartial the information he provides. His work suffers from a stature lackof statement of the difference amongst the Akkadian and Sumerianexpressions and names. He exceedingly makes some unusually indefensible ancientassertions, such as that the Surmerian converse is "just so related to thatof the Aryan beat, having in fact several words fantastically to that of Sanskrit(and it is theoretical, to Chinese.)" [p.xviii]A methodical construal follows:- The Introductory Reserves (p.vii - lvi) -This is the definitely field Simon claims as his own; it is a mixture ofinformation of many qualities of genuineness. On the whole, hisMesopotamian references brook from a lack of responsible read-through. Simonappears to be a personality who had a good idea (the Sumerian and Akkadiandistinct was essentially unexplored exterior of a very exclusive schoolcommunity until very righteous), but was unwilling to do the work to do itretrieve, and was frightened to seize instruct reputation. An fashion of the naivet ofhis work can be seen in the widespread jumps from culture to culture. Yet atthe especially time he provides some exciting, maybe even utilitarian,information on Sumerian expressions (see p.xlix). His record highly-flavored arrest ishis linguistic jumps. As one fashion through several, his equation ofLovecraft's deity Cthulhu (derived from the Greek 'cthone') to theSumerians straightforward the name of Ereskigal's city Kutha: therefore, he says,KUTHA-LU [sic] means "man of Kutha": the accurate suggest in Sumerian would berendered LU-KUTHA. He exceedingly makes a relevance amongst Kutha and Kutu, twocompletely fresh cities and expressions, and amongst Kutha, the ABSU (Enki'srealm), the NAR MARRATU (which is the moist place at the disgust amongstthe Persian Divide up and the three rivers) and the Greek abyss. Although giveis whatever thing that can be theoretical about the ABSU and the Gully -- moreover sparklethe dark preformative world which exists knock down the everyday world,immobile, the Gully is by far a bemused which is stature and unbiased,little the ABSU is a real realm sited amongst the Land-living and theNetherworld. The Sumerians knew the difference. Kutha and NAR MARRATU arepavement likely entities -- although Kutha, sparkle the city ofEreskigal, break open be theoretical to supply a lucky break to the Netherworld. - Of the Zonei and their Attributes - (p.17-33)This is an exciting brew of for one person (Babylonian) distinct and whoknows what. The deities' syndicate with accurate come out is real and area few of their descriptions. The seals are hilarious; at smallest amount of, they endureno resemblance to anything I've ever encountered.- The Clone of the Entrance and of the Walking - (p35-49)This point is sparsely hogwash, even as the acknowledgment of theseven earths, the seven levels and the seven tell is a well-known score ofBabylonian systems; I do not be interested in that Simon actually derived this fromany actual fully. Hoist that the record unlimited ziggurat inMesopotamia was in Babylon (the Progress of Babel) which, it so happens, hasseven stories. It's stale that from very further on on the Mesopotamians hada special privilege for the fit into seven. The further on acknowledgment of theseven-pointed star as the "Highlight of Babylon" was an further on adaptation ofthis in Western Occult tradition. Simon could supply merely picked up any ofindividual scholarly accounts of religion in Babylon for this fully.- The Incantations of the Gates - (p.51-61)Some of these invocations ring "accepted" and could plausibly be hymnsfrom many periods. I am stopped looking for the for one person goods,to the same degree if they are actual they may be utilitarian. Even if, the converse ofhis fixed translations is emphatically mum and the ABRACADABRA phrases atthe end of the invocations are hogwash.- The Conjurations of the Rave about God - (p.63-65)Another time it sounds close at hand set aside for the abracadabra bit.- The Conjuration of the Witness - (p.67-73)Leave out it! Bodily potion...-The Maklu Text- (p.75-92) First of all, once more rebuff all of the abracadabra stuff; immobile, it is anexciting lump in this book. Represent is in fact a lexical series calledthe 'maqlu'; give are exceedingly individual exorcism cremation (the record common sparklethe 'uttukku lemnuti') and you will find that in the distinct provided inthis book give are one or two texts, incantations, etc. which come to mind tobe included in sections of Simon's 'maklu" make a copy -- such as the ConjurationIn opposition to the Seven Liers-in-Wait (p.79). But these are texts from dispersesources and Simon has lumped them together dressed in one "make a copy". In established Ido not custody Simon (apparently). I am after straightforward and unruly to findall of the originals.- The Clone Of Aptitude - (p.93-120)Basically mumbo-jumbo, noticeably his "Charm of the Gates" -- the orderis European, and late European at that! Even if, on page 111 he reproducesa edited compose of a self-evident make a copy (make a copy KAR 61, reduced by Biggs TCSII (1967):70ff)- The Clone Of The Fifty Names - (p.121-150)The names are derived from the end of the 'Enuma Elis', but the commentaryis not. Moreover be particular with the transcriptions of the names dressed in Englishlettering; I smack of if you need to know the Fifty Names of Marduk, seeAlexander Heidel's book" Babylonian "- The Magan Replicate - (p.151-180)Maggan is the Iranian shore of the Straits of Hormuz, and maybe the landof the Harrapan civilization; immobile, it has zoom to do with thesatisfied of the make a copy which is vacant. This is a bad paraphrase of thebeginning of the 'Enuma Elis' (see Heidel's book). Division IV (166-180)"Of The Abstraction Of Ishtar" is a somewhat unexpected adaptation of the Twine ofIstar (or Inana) myth.- The Urilla Replicate - (p.181-202)Awfully exciting and farsighted, but...- The Bang Of The Mad Arab - (in two parts, p.3-16 & 203-218)Who knows, but with Simon's batting vehicle so far, it seems vacillating to me.All of the above is not to say that Simon's "or it'ssequel" Necronomicon "is not exciting reading; nor isit to say that it cannot be recycled as a magical grimoire, having the status of anything canbe so recycled if you're respectable of investing it with power. But it is theproduct of an farsighted variety show of ancient goods by a modernmerrymaking. It is not an actual group or make a copy of Babylonian, Sumerianor Akkadian ritual or magical practices.