The inscription on the tablet includes cures for convulsions, twitches and other similar muscle-related problems, which were known as “Bennu” by the Assyrians and which are nowadays referred to as symptoms of epilepsy.
A Danish researcher has discovered a drawing of a demon blamed for epileptic seizures on a 2,700-year-old Assyrian clay tablet.
Assyriologist Troels Pank Arbøll from the University of Copenhagen made the stunning discovery when he was inspecting a tablet of ancient writing at the Vorderasiatisches Museum in Berlin.
He described the drawing as a depiction of “the actual demon, instead of other comparable drawings, which generally depict a figurine made during a ritual to remove the illness”.
In his research, he pointed out that the demon, known as Bennu, has “curvy horns, a serpent’s tongue and possibly a reptile-like eye”.
He added that the scientists had known for a long time that the Assyrians and Babylonians perceived diseases as phenomena that were caused by gods, demons or witchcraft”, something that healers were dealing with.
The tablet’s inscription that includes cures for symptoms of epilepsy, is written in cuneiform, an ancient system of letters created by pressing a triangular stylus into softened clay.
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