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Purifying a House from Blood: A Hittite Ritual for the Ancient Gods (CTH 446)

By Andrea Trameri


The Hittite ritual for the Ancient Gods (CTH 446) is one of the most interesting and complex in the Hittite ritual corpus. It describes a series of ritual procedures and recitations to be performed over two days with the goal of cleansing a house contaminated by impurity resulting from bloodshed. Summoned for the task are the Ancient Gods, Netherworld deities of the Hurrian-Hittite tradition. The present study provides an updated critical edition of this remarkable ritual, which is complemented with philological notes and commentary. Additionally, the volume investigates the nature and origins of the composition against the broader background of the Hittite ritual corpus. 

Purifying a House from Blood: A Hittite Ritual for the Ancient Gods (CTH 446)

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    xvi + 248 pages

    7 x 10 inches

    978-1-948488-75-4 (hardcover)

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    March 2022

  • Table of Contents

    Philological Conventions


    Chapter 1. Tablets, Dating, and Paleography
    Chapter 2. Content of the Purification Ritual CTH 446
    Chapter 3. Text Edition
    Chapter 4. CTH 446 in Context: Construction and Content of Hittite Rituals
    Chapter 5. Nature and Goals of CTH 446
    Chapter 6. Is CTH 446 a Literary Text?


    References (Bibliography)
    Subject Index
    Index of Texts Cited

  • Reviews

    "The philological edition is up to the highest standards.…
    "Tramari has provided the scholarly community with a solid and updated edition of an important ritual text…. For the accuracy of the philological work on the text and the breadth of the proposed considerations, the work represents a significant contribution to current studies of Hittite Religion."—Francesco Barsacchi, Università degli Studi di Torino, in Orientalia 92 (2023): 337–41


    "[O]ne must thank the author for providing a solid new edition of an important ritual text from the Hittite world and for discussing its various aspects, from paleography and its dating to a major discussion of its standing within the written transmission of the Hittites."—Susanne Görke, Philipps-Universität Marburg, in JNES 83 (2024): 175–78

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