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Healing deities, healing cults
(2,358 words)

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I. Introduction

The healing of illness is, in principle, within the province of any deity or hero in possession of superhuman powers of assistance. But in the reality of cult practice, the healing function came to be concentrated in certain deities and heroes whose powers were particularly strong [1].


1 W. A. Jayne, The Healing Gods of Ancient Civilizations, 1925.

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II. Mesopotamia and Syria

In Mesopotamia, a series of …

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Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), Heeßel, Nils (Heidelberg) and Jansen-Winkeln, Karl (Berlin), “Healing deities, healing cults”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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