Akkadian

The Practice of Ancestor Worship within the Asharu Tradition

A spirit of a deceased person waiting for the pouring of libations.

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Recently I have begun working with the Urilia Text, and I must say that a whole new chapter is opened up to me by doing so. I had already examined some of the material that is found in the Book of the Worm, although my findings were not the result of actual practice, but rather of research. The best way to gain a proper understanding of our practices is to combine our research with the actual practices that go along with it. Although, at times, it can be rather difficult to comprehend which practices suit best to the research that one has done about that particular subject. In such cases one has to listen carefully for that subtle voice which will grant you an epiphany that is concerned with the subject at hand.

“For in that moment, as though whispered fiercely into my ear, I understood.”

The epiphany I received is a perfect example of how our time consuming research should be combined with the practices one has experienced, for the DinGir guide us and watch over their servants. They will make you aware when you have stumbled upon an important matter, but to learn these things you will first need to learn to listen…

Upon performing the Rite of Urilia for the first time I had made a mental note to myself which I only became aware of after I heard the subtle voice whisper its wisdom into my mind.

Now I realize that the mental note I had made was not a conscious decision, for it had sunk into my subconscious mind, and upon seeing the result of my research I suddenly became aware of the mental note and realized its importance.

Many of you will be aware that working with the Urilia rites require the opening of the frightful Pit, the opening of the Gate of Ganzir. And while most of us are not frightened easily, one would do well to heed the various warnings about the opening of this particular gate, for it is very different from the energies of the Elder Gods.

Last night I repeated the Urilia Rite with a new DUR of INDUR, as my first one had turned into a Shattered Bowl of the Sages, causing me to have to obtain a new one. Armed with this new bowl, and with additional knowledge and understanding about the ritual, provided by brother Warlock and brother Amadi, I engaged once more in this wondrous experience that is set in motion by using the proper formulae.

It was a much intenser experience than the previous one had been, which might very well have been caused by improper use of the formulae. This time I did use the proper formulae and I experienced the same built in energy during the reciting of the Incantation of the Ancient One. There was one significant change, however, as, at a certain point during the ritual, it actually felt as if the Spirits of the Dead were very close by.

“Therefore, do not be alarmed at the sights and sounds that will issue forth from that Opening, for they will be the wails and laments of the Shades that are chained therein, and the shrieking of the Mad God on the Throne of Darkness.”

The text above describes exactly what I experienced!

It was as if the Shades were moving through the Circle in great numbers, yet I saw them not with the vision of my sight, but I perceived their presence with my mind. It was like there were numerous black shadows floating within the Circle. Their wails and laments were also not perceived by listening with the ordinary instruments of the human vessel, but they were audible by listening with the mind.

Some of you might think: “What harm can a spirit of a deceased person possibly cause?”

Well, if you really have such a question in your mind then you might as well find another System to practice, possibly one where you will only be summoning fairies!

I won’t even bother to discuss the answer to this question as it is beyond the scope of this article.

Just read Ishtar’s Descent!

It is obviously clear that, even though they are considered to be a lower class of entities, the Spirits of the Dead should be handled with care and respect. But even so, they can easily turn from a minor nuisance into a severe problem. With this in mind it would be good for us to have a means of appeasing at least those Spirits of the Dead that are connected to us, as they are the Spirits of our ancestors.

The practice already holds a means of appeasing the Dead in the form of a sacrifice. Although my research shows me that the Bread of the Cult of the Dead, with honey poured thereon, is only a part from the actual sacrifice that is required as an offering to the Dead.

The Necronomicon already tells us what other sacrifice is required, on page 198, for there we will find the following words:

“Water of the Cult of the Dead  in its Place I drink”

I must admit that I never really paid any attention to the importance of those words, but now I’ve encountered another ancient tablet which also speaks of the pouring of water as an offering to the Dead. Therefore I think it will be wise to include this element as an additional sacrifice in these rites of the Cult of the Dead.

I’m not exactly sure how this pouring of water, or mê naqû, as it is called, was done by the ancients, but since it is a sacrifice it should go into the flames of Gibil. Obviously one does not empty a water-filled vessel into the bowl, as it would extinguish the fire. In my opinion the best way to sacrifice this element is to gently sprinkle a few drops into the flames.

I also have acquired a very interesting incantation that is excellent for use during these sacrifices, and therefore I will present it here:

1.  AT-TU-NU GIDIM KIM-TI-IA BA-NU-Ú QAB-RA

2.  AD.MU AD AD.MU AMA.MU AMA AMA.MU ŠEŠ.MU NIN.MU

3.  KIM-TI-IA NI-ŠU-TI-IA U SA-LA-TI-IA

4.  MA-LA INA KI-TIM SAL-LU KI-IS-PA AK-SIP-KU-NU-ŠI

5.  A.MEŠ AQ-QI-KU-NU-ŠI Ú-KAN-NI-KU-NU-ŠI

6.  Ú-ŠAR-RIX-KU-NU-ŠI Ú-KAB-BIT-KU-NU-ŠI

7.  INA UD-MI AN-NÉ-E IGI DINGIR UTU DINGIR GIŠ.GIN.MAŠ I-ZIZ-ZA-NIM-MA

8.  DI-NI DI-NA EŠ.BAR-A-A KUD-SA

9.  NIG XUL ŠA INA SU.MU UZU.MEŠ.MU SA.MEŠ.MU GÁL-Ú

10. ANA ŠU DINGIR NAM.TAR SUKKAL KI-TIM PI-IQ-DA-NIM

11. DINGIR NIN.GIŠ.ZI.DA GU.ZA.LA KI-TIM DAGAL-TIM EN.NUN-ŠÚ-NU                                LI-DAN-NIN

12. DINGIR BI.DU I.DU GAL KI-TIM PA-NI-ŠÚ-NU LI-DIL

13. DAB.MEŠ-ŠU-MA ŠU-RI-DA-ŠÚ ANA KUR.NU.GI.A

14. ANA-KU IR-KU-NU LU-UB-LUT LU-UŠ-LIM-MA

15. AŠ-ŠU NIG.AK.A.MEŠ INA MU-KU-NU LU-UZ-KI

16. A-NA A-RU-TI-KU-NU A.MEŠ KA-SU-TI LU-UŠ-QI

17. BUL-LIT-TA-AN-NI-MA DÀ-LI-LI-KA LUD-LUL

Fortunately we have also an English translation present which will follow here:

1.   You, the ghosts of my family, progenitors in the grave,

2.  The ghosts of my father, my grandfather, my mother, my grandmother, my

brother, my sister,

3.  The ghosts of my family, my kin, and my clan,

4.   As many as are sleeping in the netherworld, I make a funerary offering to you.

5.   I pour out water to you; I lavish care upon you.

6.   I glorify you; I honor you.

7.   Stand here today before Shamash and Gilgamesh.

8.   Judge my case, decide my verdict.

9.   Whatever evil that is in my body, my flesh, and my sinews,

10. Hand it over to Namtar, counselor of the netherworld.

11.  Let Ningizzida, throne-bearer of the wide netherworld, watch them carefully.

12. Let Bidu, chief gatekeeper of the netherworld, bolt the gate before them.

13. Seize it and take it down to the Land of No Return.

14. Let me, your servant, live; let me be well.

15. Let me be clear of sorcery through your names,

16. That I may libate cool water into your pipe.

17. Heal me that I may sing your praises.

To learn more about this interesting subject one should consult the book I got it from, which is entitled: Reading Akkadian Prayers & Hymns”  by Alan Lenzi.The incantation is called: “An Incantation-Prayer: Ghosts of my Family” which can be found on page 133 to 144.

My regards,

Nightcaller.

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11 replies »

  1. Thank you Sister!

    I am indeed more at ease now, for my first task of ensuring the survival of the forum has been succesful through the aid we received from members such as yourself.

    Thank you very much! 🙂

    We greatly appreciate this!

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  2. Hahaha, stop thanking us, please! You guys are the one to thank!
    We’re part of the same thing 😉

    Im so glad you found some rest!!

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  3. i use the 8 rayed mandala when entering the pit and call the 8 directions. those spirits help with the shades u encounter. if u would like the 8 directional spirits ceremony i will post it as its far more superior to just calling the 4 directional spirits. this is a knowledge gathered from enlil.

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  4. This sounds interesting brother! I must admit that I still have little experience in working with Urilia, as I have only explored the Urilia Rite. I would very much like to learn the ceremony you speak of, but instead of posting it you should send it in a PM. We don’t publish the exact methods of performing rituals, as we have a responsibility to keep this knowledge from those who cannot be trusted with such matters. Such people range from children to the criminally insane.

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  5. i often wondered about this exact subject, and you have once again put a piece of this puzzle together for me. thanks for this post, Brother. it is Fascinating. 🙂

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  6. just an additional word concerning the water poured – in babylon a oil was used for fires kinda like greek fire. if water was poured into the oil the fire would not go out but cause the water to hiss and snap and crackle as it evaporated.

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