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Pomegranates in sexual magic (1)

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05 Scientific knowledge and scholarly lore

02 Religious and ideological symbols and iconographic motifs

05 Scientific knowledge and scholarly lore

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KAR 61.8-10:
Its ritual. Either to an apple or to a pomegranate, you should recite the incantation three times. You shall give (them) to a woman and have her suck their juices. That woman will come to you; you can make love to her.

Babylonian Talmud, Kethuboth 61b:
There was a Roman who said to a certain woman, “Favour me (sexually)”. She refused. He went and brought pomegranates, cut and ate (them) in front of her. (Since) all liquids caused her pain when she swallowed, he did not give (the pomegranate juice) to her. When she was in agony, he finally said to her, “If I heal you, favour me (sexually)”. She agreed. He went and brought pomegranates, cut and ate (them) in front of her. He said to her, “As for all liquids which cause you pain … , until (the ailment) departed from her. When the sputum was brought out, she was healed.

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Babylonian Talmud, Kethuboth 61b
KAR 61.8-10


Biggs 1967, 70-74Biggs, R. D. SA.ZI.GA. Ancient Mesopotamian Potency Incantations. Texts from the Cuneiform Sources 2. Locust Valley: J.J. Augustin 1967.
Geller 1991, 110Geller, Mark J. “Akkadian Medicine in the Babylonian Talmud.” In: D. Cohn-Sherbock (ed.). A Traditional Quest. Essays in honour of Louis Jacobs. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series 114. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press 1991, 102-112.

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