I'm trying to decode the mysterious word Ananyzapata. Unfortunately I don't have the original source, just its appearance on a slide from a presentation. From the context (words on good luck charms/amulets in Medieval England) it may be a word like Abracadabra, or the name of a god, or angel, or even demon? It might even be a phrase mistakenly rendered as one word. Any ideas?
According to Etymonline, ananizapta is a magical word from the mid-15th century, which is around the end of the medieval period.
On Google Books I came across this passage:
For the falling sickness the charm was the following:
Ananizapta, ferit mortem dum læder querit,
Est mala mors capta dum dictus, Ananizapta;
Ananizapta Dei nunc miserere mei.
There are several other results where the word is used in a similar way.
Dr. Karl thinks that the meaning of the whole formula is: Jesus Christ defeated death (the devil) by being baptized by John and by dying on the cross ("chiasmus").