This website serves as a portal for the subject of liminal entities in Ancient Egypt from its earliest times (Predynastic) to the Byzantine. The word “demon” is used here to refer to any helpful or hostile being that does not belong to the Ancient Egyptian categories of major god, human, or animal.
These beings are known in many cultures by a multitude of names. A sample of the more recognizable includes: gremlins, imps, faeries, ghosts, daemons, genies, mischwesen, goblins, pixies, sprites, gnomes, pucks, sirens, fay, enchanters, fiends, monsters, and even angels.
In Ancient Egypt they were described in texts and imagery. For ordinary people, they played vital roles as mechanisms for coping with and manifesting abstract stresses, afflictions, and fears—or hopes, healers, and armed defenders. The main aim of this project is to explore and illuminate this less-visible side of Ancient Egyptian life.