There are many horrors that seek to assail the unprepared Magician. These Evil Ones come in a variety of different forms. Their Shapes are often repulsive, their Numbers are unlimited and their Powers are destructive and deadly. However, we shall not come unprepared!
Let us expand our knowledge of the Evil Powers with yet another article, in which we will examine some more of the Evil Spirits as well as the meaning of some of the words we find in the Exorcisms.
We shall begin with two entities that belong to the class of evil that brings destruction about, through the means of diseases. We can find these two evils in the Simon Necronomicon, as they are named in the Exorcism BARRA EDINNAZU. These being NAMTAR and IDPA, or Pestilence and Fever.
Catching a fever in today’s world isn’t that big of a worry anymore, due to our improved healthcare and great medical knowledge. Though, the fever still makes a lot of victims in third-world countries and is still greatly feared in such places, as it was in ancient Sumer. Catching a fever back in those days could well mean certain death. So, to combat this invisible and elusive killer that struck down men and women, young and old, and capable of wiping out entire households, the priests of those days designed various exorcisms and incantations in order to cure their patients.
We can find a nice example of this in a translation that comes from such an incantation that was found on a cuneiform tablet that belongs to the series ASSAKI MARSUTI. This incantation ends with these words:
“O Sickness of the Heart! O Heartache!
O Headache! O Toothache!
O Pestilence! O Grievous Fever!
By Heaven and Earth may ye be Exorcised!”
As you can see, bodily illness was greatly feared and needed to be exorcised. For this reason are these evil diseases included in our exorcisms, that they may not strike down the unwary Magician. NAMTAR was an equally feared disease, as is obvious when we look at its meaning, that being Pestilence.
Pestilence is not its only meaning though. It has this meaning in the Exorcism BARRA EDINNAZU.
In Sumerian NAMTAR means “destiny” or “fate”. But NAMTAR is also a minor Deity that acts as a minister of ERESHKIGAL, Queen of the Underworld. ERESHKIGAL is also his mother, as NAMTAR was born from a union between her and the God ENLIL. NAMTAR was considered responsible for diseases and plagues and the people of ancient Sumer made offerings to him to prevent those illnesses. NAMTAR commands Sixty Diseases in the form of Demons that can penetrate different parts of the human body. These Demons are mentioned in a part of the Magan Text that speaks of Inanna’s Descent, given here below.
“ISHTAR raised up Her arm.
ERESHKIGAL summoned NAMTAR
The Magician NAMTAR
Saying these words she spoke to him
Go! Imprison her!
Bind her in Darkness!
Chain her in the Sea below the Seas!
Release against her the Seven ANNUNNAKI!
Release against her the Sixty Demons!
Against her eyes, the demons of the eyes!
Against her sides, the demons of the sides!
Against her heart, the demons of the heart!
Against her feet, the demons of the feet!
Against her head, the demons of the head!
Against her entire body, the demons of KUR!”
And the demons tore at her, from every side. Maybe there are some readers out there who have wondered about the meaning of certain words that can be found throughout the Texts. I know I have! One of those words can be found in various places in the chapters that make up the Simon Necronomicon and is written in a number of different forms. We encounter this word for the first time at the end of the Testimony of the Mad Arab. It is the word KAKAMMU. Some of the Exorcisms do also end with this particular word. In the Exorcism of the Crown of ANU this word is written as GAGGAMANNU and it is written as KAKKAMMANUNU in the Conjuration of the Fire God. I did some research in order to discover the meaning of those words and I came to the conclusion that all of these words have the same meaning and are basterdized versions of the original words.These original words are the Accadian word KAKAMA, which means “Amen” and the Assyrian word AMANU, which also means “Amen”. These words are obviously a good choice to end a prayer with.