O copo mágico para a praga: Alicorn e seus usos médico-ocultos na literatura judaica dos séculos XVI e XVII

  • Abraham Ofir Shemesh
Palavras-chave: Alicorno, Unicórnio, Praga

Resumo

Várias fontes judaicas médicas e religiosas do século 16-17 da Terra de Israel mencionam uma substância chamada “alicorno”. Este estudo discute a identificação da substância, suas origens e usos médicos, de acordo com a literatura judaica. Acreditava-se que a alicorno, extraída da presa do narval, o unicórnio do mar, era retirada do chifre do unicórnio. Ela era vista como possuidora de propriedades mágicas e acreditava-se que tinha o poder de curar uma grande variedade de doenças, principalmente para neutralizar venenos. Fontes médicas da região de Israel mencionam os dois principais usos do narval: como um cálice com qualidades sobrenaturais para beber água ou poções e como um pó medicinal originário de um osso raspado.

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2020-06-03
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Ofir Shemesh, A. (2020). O copo mágico para a praga: Alicorn e seus usos médico-ocultos na literatura judaica dos séculos XVI e XVII . Arquivo Maaravi: Revista Digital De Estudos Judaicos Da UFMG, 14(26), 149-162. https://doi.org/10.35699/1982-3053.2020.21725