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Black Magic Revealed in Two Ancient Curses
livescience.com ^ | 5-22-2012 | Owen Jarus

Posted on 05/23/2012 11:05:52 AM PDT by Renfield

At a time when black magic was relatively common, two curses involving snakes were cast, one targeting a senator and the other an animal doctor, says a Spanish researcher who has just deciphered the 1,600-year-old curses.

Both curses feature a depiction of a deity, possibly the Greek goddess Hekate, with serpents coming out of her hair, possibly meant to strike at the victims. Both curses contain Greek invocations similar to examples known to call upon Hekate....

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; hekate; romanempire; spain

CREDIT: Photo courtesy Museo Archeologico Civico di Bologna

This tablet contains a curse directed at a Roman senator named Fistus, possibly the only known case of a curse targeting a senator. An eight-point star covers the deity's genitals and snakes project out of its head. The curse is written in Latin with Greek invocations.

"Destroy, crush, kill, strangle Porcello and wife Maurilla. Their soul, heart, buttocks, liver ..." part of it reads. The iconography on the tablet actually shows a mummified Porcello, his arms crossed (as is the deity) and his name written on both of his arms.

1 posted on 05/23/2012 11:06:01 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 05/23/2012 11:07:04 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

Did it work??? You know, just for curiosity sake.


3 posted on 05/23/2012 11:10:15 AM PDT by voicereason (The RNC is the "One-night stand" you wish you could forget.)
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To: Renfield
...possibly the only known case of a curse targeting a senator...
Meh.

I target curses at my Senator on a regular basis.

4 posted on 05/23/2012 11:15:19 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: voicereason; SunkenCiv

Yeah, I’d like to know if it worked too, but not for curiosity’s sake. There are a couple of Democrat Senators I’d try it on if we had the entire words of the curse.


5 posted on 05/23/2012 11:15:19 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: voicereason

Well I’m sure Porcello is dead now, if that means anything.


6 posted on 05/23/2012 11:16:48 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Renfield
possibly the only known case of a curse targeting a senator.

The author obviously doesn't surf FR.

7 posted on 05/23/2012 11:41:11 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Renfield

the Carville Curse


8 posted on 05/23/2012 11:41:41 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: wbill

+1


9 posted on 05/23/2012 12:22:20 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: Renfield
Both curses feature a depiction of a deity, possibly the Greek goddess Hekate, with serpents coming out of her hair, possibly meant to strike at the victims.


10 posted on 05/23/2012 12:59:49 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: wildbill

Slip ‘em ex-lax — they’re probably so full of it that they’d just disappear.


11 posted on 05/23/2012 9:20:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield!

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


12 posted on 05/23/2012 9:26:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv; shibumi; TheOldLady
So don't piss me off *ping*

;]

13 posted on 05/23/2012 10:08:56 PM PDT by Salamander (Holy muscle of love.....I got a muscle of love.)
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To: Salamander

Don’t look now, but there’s hair coming out of your snake’s head.


14 posted on 05/23/2012 10:13:35 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

Of course there is.

Medusa was derivative.


15 posted on 05/23/2012 10:39:35 PM PDT by Salamander (Holy muscle of love.....I got a muscle of love.)
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To: Salamander

Your snake looks much nicer than the ones I encountered in my dreams last night! No more “Billy the Exterminator” before bed for me! LOL


16 posted on 05/24/2012 6:04:40 AM PDT by LibertyRocks
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To: Salamander

I would never do anything to make you angry in the slightest!!

Your snakes are gorgeous, BTW. :-)


17 posted on 05/24/2012 6:21:45 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Salamander

Uh-oh.


18 posted on 05/24/2012 7:03:11 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: LibertyRocks

Billy is anathema amongst herpephiles.

The kid is a over-reactive, ill-informed, theatrical fruit loop...LOL

Brom T Boa is my baby.

Of all my pets, he alone can truly hug me back.

Hubby digs him too but when he holds him, Brom will not rest until he’s wriggled free and stretched all 7+ feet of himself back over to me where he then coils around my shoulders and looks out from under my hair [or atop my head] at “dad” with a deep, abiding suspicion.

[he’s a mommy’s boy]

;D


19 posted on 05/24/2012 8:35:29 AM PDT by Salamander (Holy muscle of love.....I got a muscle of love.)
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To: TheOldLady

Glad you think so because one day, you may receive a box full of baby ones....LOL


20 posted on 05/24/2012 8:37:09 AM PDT by Salamander (Holy muscle of love.....I got a muscle of love.)
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To: SunkenCiv

21 posted on 05/24/2012 8:39:12 AM PDT by Salamander (Holy muscle of love.....I got a muscle of love.)
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To: Salamander

That would be delightful, if you could bear their cries of dismay when they realize you’re sending them away.


22 posted on 05/24/2012 9:01:30 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady
Aw, man.

That was *low*.


23 posted on 05/24/2012 11:33:13 PM PDT by Salamander (Holy muscle of love.....I got a muscle of love.)
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To: Salamander

You’ll just have to assure them that I love them as much as you do. Give me a chance to bone up on my herpetology, and I’ll have them laughing and slithering with joy in no time.

I do have a 100-gallon aquarium that is idle at the moment.


24 posted on 05/25/2012 2:39:17 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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