Babylonian Devil Trap

  • “A terra-cotta bowl inscribed with charms or magical texts, used by ancient Hebrews in parts of Babylonia to drive away evil” (Guiley 20)*.
  • They were believed to protect against demons, illness, curses, and the evil eye.
  • They were buried upside-down and buried under the four corners of a home or building.
  • Popular during the 3rd to 1st century B. C. E. and then again in the 6th century C. E.
  • The bowls were inscribed with Hebrew scripture or words invoking God.

 

*”The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft” by Rosemary Ellen Guiley, 1st Edition

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