They Way In Which Hittites Cured All Evils And Infections
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The quest for truth, happiness, the prediction of the future and the fight against infections and all sorts of evil have been part of our human culture seemingly for ever; spiritual cures for physical problems are also survival tools.
Now we believe in scientific medicine but in the past our Western culture confronted health problems in a different way; many other cultures still employ invocations to spirits, animism, shamans and other ways to deal with more or less favourable results with such problems.
The relative success of some of those treatments or cures comes from two different sides: one is that there is some truth as to the medical value of some substances obtained, for example, from plants, fungi and so on. On the other hand, results of such "primitive" treatments have a lot to do with the psychological aspects of medicine and as such, it is worth commenting them because in the realm of survival techniques as well as natural medicine, this could help a lot. Ancient medical and spiritual traditions have more merit than immediately apparent.
The Hittites, for example, a culture that occupied the territory that is present-day Turkey, more or less, disappeared mysteriously from the Middle East around the year 1.200 B.C. had its own religion, priests and magicians to help people in their deals with the many gods they had.
And a common method used to evict bad spirits and omens which were, according to Hittite priests, the fundamental cause of all evil and health problems, consisted in a fairly simple procedure that began when the priest or priestess tied a knot with a smallish cord or rope to some part of the afflicted person; then, more or less at the middle of the rope, a small rock or pebble was tied too, and the other extreme was tied to the belly of a mice.
The priest then prayed to any given god to ask for help, untied the knot carried by the patient, and released the mice with the stone. The animal took away as it ran the evilness, which was often associated with the god Kumarbi inside the small pebble.
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