Oldest known drawing of ghost found on 3,500-year-old tablet – .

Oldest known drawing of ghost found on 3,500-year-old tablet – .

It could be the oldest ghost story in the world.

A 3,500-year-old Babylonian tablet in the British Museum contains what has been identified as the oldest known drawing of a ghost, according to a report by The Guardian.

The tablet shows the amorous ghost bound and led into the afterlife by his lover – believed to represent an ancient ritual of how to send spirits back to where they came from.

“He’s obviously a male ghost and he’s miserable,” said Irving Finkel, curator of the Middle East department at the museum.

“You can imagine that a tall, thin, bearded ghost hanging out around the house pissed off people,” Finkel said. “The final analysis was that this ghost needed a lover. “

On the back of the tiny tablet that can fit in a person’s hand is a long text – instructions on how to deal with a ghost that “grabs a person and chases after them and cannot be let go”, reported The Guardian.

Together the text and the tablet serve as an introduction to how to get rid of the pesky spirit once and for all.

Irving Finkel, curator of the British Museum’s Middle East department, said: “He’s obviously a male ghost and he’s miserable.”
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“You can’t help but imagine what happened before,” said Finkel, an authority on ancient writing from the Middle East. “Oh my God, Uncle Henry is back. Maybe Uncle Henry lost three women. Something everyone knew was that the way to get rid of this old bugger was to get him married. It is not fancy to read this.

“It’s kind of an explicit message,” he said. “There is a very high quality handwriting and an impeccable drawing there. That someone thinks they can get rid of a ghost by giving it a bedmate is pretty funny.

The image has been misinterpreted for years, Finkel said, because the heavily faded specter could only be seen by looking at the tablet from above and under light.

The tablet has been in the museum since the 19th century but has never been on display to the public, reported The Guardian.


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