Hey there Jake,
thanks for the welcome. It's nice to hear that my interests aren't just considered weird outside of Assyriology :)
I've been interested in Nergal since I started studying and stumbled across some articles discussing him; I can point you to the relevant Sumerological articles if you want (some should be available on jstor). These mostly deal with the issue of his name, though, and I imagine the content to be a bit ...tedious. One book deals with the deity is von Weiher 1971, 'Der babylonische Gott Nergal' (AOAT Beih. 11), but it's rather out of date and only deals with late conceptions. We also (unfortunately) don't have that many texts dealing with him, or hymns/prayers dedicated to him (a common enough occurence with Netherworld entities in the ANE). Katz 2003, 'The Image of the Netherworld in Sumerian Sources' has a short entry on him, as well as the Reallexikon der Assyriologie.
But in order not to turn this posting into a literature list, I'd say just drop me a line if you're interested in any particulars. :)
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> Datum: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 18:30:07 +0100
> Von: Jake Stratton-Kent <[log in to unmask]>
> An: [log in to unmask]
> Betreff: Re: [ACADEMIC-STUDY-MAGIC] Introduction
> Hi Nadia,
> what great interests you have! I'm very interested in the cults of
> Nergal and his relative/double Reshef. The latter - likely both - is a
> precursor of Mikael the smiting Angel. Nergal appears to have had a
> regular magical cult, and the little I know so far is utterly
> fascinating. Anything you have in that line will certainly get my ear.
> On 22 August 2010 18:03, Nadia Linder <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Hello everyone,
> > I stumbled across this group via academia.edu and had to cheer silently
> in the library; anyways, my enthusiasm led me to dare to register, so here
> I am.
> > I'm a student of Ancient Semitic Philology and Oriental Archaeology with
> a focus on Sumerology, currently writing my MA-thesis about protective
> and/or evil spirits in the 3rd millennium Sumerian sources. It sort of begins
> to deal with the conception of the human soul at the moment, but I'm once
> again talking too much.
> > I'm mainly interested in ceremonial magic(k), chaos magic(k) and
> everything that deals with Mesopotamia in some way, shape or form. So... if anyone
> needs some (usually useless) information about old critters and ritual
> setup back then, don't hesitate to ask. Ahem.
> > I'm really glad I found this group, and I hope I can contribute at least
> a little bit (although, admittedly, I'm a little bit shy and somewhat of a
> > So... thanks for your time reading this babble, and best of wishes,
> > Nadia
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