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Puliša’s Ritual Against Plague (1.62)
(775 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Hittite Canonical Compositions; Divine Focus; Rituals


Puliša’s Ritual  a was recorded on a Sammeltafel. It is one of a handful of Hittite scapegoat rituals, all of which were performed to counteract plague. This particular ritual uses human beings as the scapegoats, both belonging to the enemy population and therefore expendable. They act as substitutes for the king, with whom responsibility for divine d…

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Collins, Billie Jean, “Puliša’s Ritual Against Plague (1.62)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 03 December 2021 <>

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