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Maskim, in Babylonian occult tradition, was the seven evil spirits associated with the seven planets. They were thought to rise in the west and set in the east, just opposite of the solar path; and the brought ever illness, calamity, and destruction to humanity. Impressive rituals to ward off the influence of the Maskim still survive in Mesopotamian clay records. A.G.H.
Greer, John Michael. The New Encyclopedia of the Occult. St. Paul. MN. Llewellyn Worldwide. 2005. p. 300