The Meaning of Bet Durrabia And Shabatu
“First, in the first part of the Testimony of the Mad Arab, in the page number 7-8, 5th paragraph, the Mad Arab was talking about his presence in the Mystical mountain MASSHU, and then he mentioned about his observation of the three seals of the mountain MASSHU, along with his preparation for his sleeping in the night. Then he mentioned about his village, “Bet Durrabia, Being about three hours from dawn, in the nineteenth of Shabatu”. Now, as we know that the Mad Arab was not talking about some physical village, but about some mystical riddles; therefore, would you kindly make it clear, what is the meaning of “Bet Durrabia” here? What did he try to say, when he said, “Being about three hours dawn, in the nineteenth of Shabatu”?”
Warlock Asylum: This is a very interesting question, and I am sure on some levels many of our readers may have wondered about the meaning of the passage cited above. Before we continue into this discussion a little further, I thought it might be good to review one vital point in this discussion, the meaning of the term Mad Arab. The definition of the term ‘mad arab” is revealed for us in the Atlantean Necronomicon, which in Enochian language the term is defined mad (your god) ar (that) ab (daughter of light). Thus the term Mad Arab in Enochian means “your god that daughter of light.” This would also indicate that the journey of the Mad Arab is relative to Inanna/Ishtar. Notice what the Mad Arab mentions in the Book of Calling:
“And I have told thee all this before, but I tell thee again, for the Priest, being furnished with every kind of Armor, and armed, he is similar to the Goddess.”
It should be noted that one definition of Inanna/Ishtar in the Necronomicon Mysteries is the astral body, and basically the process of self-initiation, via Gate-Walking is a way to create this astral body, which has the appearance to the “goddess Ishtar.” Simon writes about the importance of this in Gates of the Necronomicon, page 146:
“The Daoist sages-being naturally adverse to rules of the State-developed a way around this: create your own body of immortality, your own astral body..”
This means that during the Gate-walking initiation, the kundalini rises up to each chakra, which aligns to the star’s energies of the walking, all in all, energies of the seven philosophical stars are now harnessed by the Initiate based on the alchemical work via the Necronomicon Tradition. This astral body has the appearance of the “goddess of light,” but is able to assimilate the persona, memory, and characteristics of the Initiate. This is a key part to the question that is at hand.
The term “bet” is the second letter in many Semitic abjads, such as Arabic, Aramaic, Hebrew, Phoenician, and Syriac among others. Other renderings of “bet” include Beth, Beh, and Veh. Bet means “house” in various Semitic languages. This is also relative to the Akkadian betu. Thus, we can safely say that “bet,” as it was used by the Mad Arab means house.
Now the term Durrabia seems to be a term conjoined of two words, or a phrase, as it often appears in Necronomicon Studies with other terms. The term seems more appropriate as Dur-Rabia. The term dur in Akkadian means “dwell.” Interestingly, the term rabia a female given name used by Muslims ,meant to symbolize the beginning of life, hope and the advent of happiness after a dark winter. The name of the first female Sufi saint, Rabia Basri. Rabia literally means spring. So the term Bet Durrabia would then translate to “House where life dwells.”
Shabatu is a month in the Babylonian calendar relative to January/February of our calendars during the time of Aquarius. The term Shabatu is noted as meaning “month of rain” and cease, or end. Readers should note also that the term Shabatu (to cease) became known later in Hebrew as Sabbath.
The Mad Arab was making note of something very specific when he stated:
“Being about three hours from dawn, in the nineteenth of Shabatu”
In the classic work Science Deified Science Defied by Richard Olson, pages 41, 42, we read:
“if, on the 15th day of the month of Shabatu, Venus disappeared in the west, remaining absent in the sky three days, and on the 18th day of the month Shabatu, Venus appeared in the east, [there will be] catastrophies of kings; Adad will bring rains, Ea subterranean water; king will send greeting to king..”
The Mad Arab’s journey began on the nineteenth of Shabatu, which would be relative to the omens that the Babylonians assigned to the planet Venus’ rising in the east, which occurred several hours before the Mad Arab’s journey. In ancient Mesopotamian history predictions were at one time performed by observing the entrails of a sacrificed animal, but this science advanced to the point that prophecy didn’t depend on a particular deity or what have you, but upon the movement of the stars. Olson continues on page 42:
“..WHENEVER Venus has its last appearance as the morning star on Shabatu 15 and its first appearance as the evening star on Shabatu 18 we can expect the same natural and political events to be repeated.”
Now that we are aware of these facts, the Mad Arab took the time to search for a deeper knowledge knowing the season that it was. We will explore this more in a future article.
14 thoughts on “The Meaning of Bet Durrabia And Shabatu”
Excellent article! I always wondered what these terms meant.
Thank you very much! I look forward to reading some of your new material as well
That’s very nice ! I am very satisfied with your Post !
OHMG SUCH SMART PEOPLEEEE
I just started the Necronomicon and there are SOO many things I don’t know about. Probably isn’t even a point then XD
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Sorry, “Shabatu” has nothing to do with to cease!
It just means “the seventh”: This month was counted as the seventh month of the year in the Babylonian calendar.
As well in Hebrew, Shabbat just means “the seventh day”.
And the linguistical problem of the Mad Arab… lol! Probably for almost sure, Lovecraft would have really meant a mad Arab by calling him a mad Arab.
But I try to propose an other explanation because something like an “Enochian language” you mentioned did never exist, Enoch spoke Hebrew and he did not talk for himself.
So “Mad Arab” could be words from Phenician, Akkadic or Aramaeic, all semitic languages: ar-ab, servant of the fire, and mad (mot), death. The dead servant of the fire – or more optimistically speaking, the servant of dead fire.
Ouh, if master Lovecraft only had known ten Semitic words at least. But he had too much fantasy for this.
Sorry for my nutpicking 🙂
Thanks for your comments. Nor are we concerned about a Biblical Enoch. Our page is not about Lovecraft, but the Sumerian Mysticism captured in the Necronomicon by Simon and capturing such for the magician.
Have a blessed day
… the biblical Enoch would not need that someone be concerned about him, though 🙂
And what might -er- Sumerian mysticism be-?, I could give you lists of Sumerian kings and some interpretations of cuneiform signs and some art critique about Sumerian sculptures, sure, but -er- Sumerian mysticism?, pardon me, but nope!, this has been found nowhere, it’s but a romantic invention by a bunch of writers from the early 20th century.
Of course I won’t blame them for this, or the Sumerians for their lack of modern mysticism 🙂
But one has to separate archaeological and linguistical reality from pure fantasy, don’t you think so?
Have a good day
We’ve been practicing Sumerian mysticism for over 20 years and published books on such. Yes there has to be a separation of fantasy from archaeological finds, which we’ve done in previous articles.
Have a blessed day
Oh okay, I understand!, and by the way, as long as you don’t mention the t-t-t-templars, you’ll stay one of the good guys. 😀
Just pardon my scepticism, will you?
And which one of your books about Sumeric things would you recommend?
Thanks Aristobulus! Scepticism is just fine. It makes us work harder. For someone like yourself, i would suggest The Oracle of Enheduanna: http://www.amazon.com/Oracle-Enheduanna-Warlock-Asylum-ebook/dp/1475209207/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1457373672&sr=1-1&keywords=oracle+enheduanna
Thanks Warlock, I just looked inside (reading the foreword and some parts of the chapters), but there are said strange and unproved things about ancient Semites: That they wanted to devour the offerings together with their deities. – Where does this come from?
And it continues by finally mentioning the Jewish G-d and by doing statements which the Hebrew texts themselves do not contain at all.
Thanks anyway. But it’s not my cup of tea.
Have a goof evening
Are you referring to the Semites or the Sumerians? The text is not a part of the Hebrew canon, but an introduction to Ancient Babylonian philosophy and magical practice. Another text you might enjoy is the Atlantean Necronomicon. How did you hear about our site? perhaps we can start a dialogue series on the page…….Blessings
… pardon! a gooD evening 🙂