In these articles we will examine the similarities between the incantations and exorcisms that are found in the Simon Necronomicon and the texts that are found on the original cuneiform tablets. Translations of these ancient tablets, which were found on numerous archeological excavations, can be found in various books.
I used the book, Devils and Evil Spirits of Babylonia by R.Campbell Thompson as a source for these articles. R.Campbell Thompson was an assistant in the Department of Egyptian and Assyrian antiquities of the British Museum. The translations I will give in these articles are his and come from the original cuneiform tablets which he studied.
In this article we will examine the Conjuration Against the Seven-Liers-In-Wait. This Conjuration can be found on Tablet V from the series UTUKKI LIMNUTI (Evil Spirits). There are some minor differences in the text that is given in the Simon Necronomicon, but it is obvious that this conjuration originates from Tablet V. Here follows the Conjuration Against the Seven-Liers-In-Wait as it is given in the Simon Necronomicon:
- They are Seven
- They are Seven
- In the depths of the ocean, they are Seven
- In the shining heavens, they are Seven
- They proceed from the ocean depths
- They proceed from the hidden retreat
- They are neither male nor female
- These which stretch themselves out like chains
- They have no spouse
- They beget not children
- They are strangers to charity
- They ignore prayers
- They scoff at wishes
- They are vermin that come forth from the Mountains of MASHU
- Enemies of Our Master ENKI
- They are the vengeance of the Ancient Ones
- Raising up difficulties
- Obtaining power through wickedness
- The Enemies! The Enemies! The Seven Enemies!
- They are Seven!
- They are Seven!
- They are Seven times Seven!
- Spirit of the Sky, Remember! Spirit of the Earth, Remember!
Now I will present the reader with the conjuration in its Sumerian form as it is found on page 76 from the book, Devils and Evil Spirits of Babylonia. In its original form this conjuration was called: INIM-INIM-MA UTUG-HUL-A-KAN. This translates as: Prayer against the Evil Spirits. Here follows the Prayer:
- VII-NA-MES VII-NA-MES
- IDIM-ZU-AB-TA VII-NA-MES
- SE-IR-KA ANA-DUG-GA-NA VII-NA-MES
- IDIM-ZU-AB-TA E-ZIL-TA E-A-MES
- U SAL NU-MES U US NU-MES
- E-NE-NE-NE LIL-LA KAS-KAS-MES
- DAM NU-TUK-A-MES DU NU-TU-UD-DA-MES
- GAR-SU AG-AG-DA NU-UN-ZU-MES
- A-RA-ZU SIGISSE-RA GIS-NU-TUK-A-MES
- ANSU-KUR-RA HAR-SAG-TA E-A-MES
- DINGIR-EN-KI-GE SIS-SI-MES
- GU-ZA-LA DINGIR-RI-E-NE MES
- E-SIR-RA LU-LU-A SILA-A GUB-BA-MES
- SIS-SI-MES SIS-SI-MES
- VII-NA-MES VII-NA-MES VII-A-DU II-NA-MES
- ZI AN-NA KAN-PA-NE-ES ZI KI-A KAN-PA-NE-ES
At the time that this translation was done, the words seven and twice were probably not clearly known as you can see in the text above, because the translator uses Roman numerals for these words. Here follows the English translation of this Prayer against the Evil Spirits:
- Seven are They, Seven are They
- In the Ocean Deep Seven are They
- Battening in Heaven, Seven are They
- In the Ocean Deep as their home They were reared
- Nor male or female are They
- They are as the roaming windblast
- No wife have They, no son do They beget
- Knowing neither mercy nor pity
- They hearken not unto prayer or supplication
- They are as horses reared among the hills
- The Evil Ones of EA
- Throne-bearers to the Gods are They
- They stand in the highway to befoul the path
- Evil are They, Evil are They
- Seven are They, Seven are They, Twice Seven are They
- By Heaven be ye exorcised, By Earth be ye exorcised
This translation is somewhat different than the conjuration given in the Simon Necronomicon, but it clearly originates from these ancient tablets and was thus known by the ancient scribes who fashioned these tablets.
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