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The Amulet of Walatta Haywat
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The names mentioned in the above text and elsewhere are at once the names of demons who cause diseases, and the names of the diseases they cause. Many of the diseases have been identified by Guidi in his Vocabolario Amarico Italiano, Rome, 1901. Thus Sharrafar = the plague, any epidemic, Nakatkat = spasm, paroxysm, Sef‘at = paralysis, Nagargar = epilepsy, St Vitus’ dance, Shotalaf = barrenness, and premature childbirth, Damamit = a flux of blood, Tekuerat = intestinal fever, Kuersat = colic of any kind, gastritis, enteritis, etc., Magana = the diseases caused by the tape worm, which is common in Abyssinia, Felsat = rheumatic headache, Guergnaho = diphtheria (?), Kuertemat = rheumatism, Nedad, jungle fever, malaria. For the lists of the principal magicians, demons, and methods of working magic in Abyssinia see W. H. Worrell in Zeit. f ilr Assyriologie, Bd. XXIX. p. I26ff. The name Ganena K a tr , i.e. the “ Devil of the Noonday,” is a translation of the words DHnX *1^ * !3tDj9& in Psalm xci. 7.