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The Babylonians were steeped in their own history and wrote many literary compositions, which reflect this interest. One of the interesting types of historiographical works was the prophecy. This was a literary text, which described past events in prophetic terms as though the author had predicted these before they happened. Having thereby established his credibility, he proceeded to make real prophecies, which had a variety of forms according to the particular purpose he wished to achieve. The Babylonian prophecy was a forerunner of many occult religions and mystical books.