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Purifying A House: A Ritual for the Infernal Deities (1.68)
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Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Hittite Canonical Compositions; Divine Focus; Incantations


This text offers a tantalizing glimpse into Hurro–Hittite mythology. The underworld deities, referred to as the Primordial or Ancient Gods, are solicited on behalf of a house possessed of various types of uncleanness, to come up from below the earth and carry the uncleanness back down into the underworld with them.

The ritual is completed over two days, the location alternating between the house…

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Collins, Billie Jean, “Purifying A House: A Ritual for the Infernal Deities (1.68)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 04 December 2021 <>

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