Female Demon in the Book of the Dead

What IS the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project?

the Dictionnaire Infernal by Collin de Plancey

What is Demonology?

The study and classification of demonic entities, beliefs, rituals, and their related paraphernalia. The Ancient Egyptians themselves did not classify these—but we will.

Poznan Archaeological Museum Book of the Dead

What is a Demon?

"DEMON" is our generic term for those superhuman entities that hover between the native Ancient Egyptian categories of god, man, and king. They could also be called monsters, ghosts, spirits, genii, godlets, supernatural entities, Zwischenwesen, and daimons. Some harm, some help people.

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There are lots of demon-things in Ancient Egypt...

Walters Art Museum [Public domain, CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Images can be demon-things

Helpful demons can be found on objects used in rituals to repel harmful demons, such as this ivory "apotropaion".

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    Demon Database presentation at Berkeley

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    From the Outside Looking In: Digitization of Ancient Egyptian Objects and Entities Kasia Szpakowska Associate Professor of Egyptology Swansea University, Wales Time: April 13, 2015;  5:30-6:30 p.m. Venue: 254 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley Sponsor: Near Eastern Studies & Center for Tebtunis Papyri Event Contact: [email protected] […]

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  • Akhu ‘Spirits’ in the Coffin Texts

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    The Akhu ‘Spirits’ are mentioned in several Coffin Text spells.   CT spell 47 describes these demons as part of an apotropaic list (an itemized list of dangerous entities and concepts). If any god, and spirit (Akh) and any dead person (mwt) opposes the deceased, […]

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    Coffin of Djehuty-nakht (B2Bo)

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    The coffin of Djehuty-nakht (coffin code B2Bo) is dated to approximately 2010–1961 B.C. (during the Middle Kingdom). It was excavated from Tomb 10A in Deir el-Bersha, Middle Egypt (the fifteenth Ancient Egyptian nome). Coffins from this region and time period are most famous for their […]

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    Clawed Ancient Egyptian Bes-image

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    Just came across this rather nifty Bes in the Brooklyn Museum. Take a close look at those claws!  

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    Digital Humanities & Egyptology & some Demons too!

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    Digital Humanities and Egyptology Friday, February 13, 2015, 10 am – 1 pm The Center for the Tebtunis Papyri 373 Bancroft Library, (Jean and Irving Stone Seminar Room), Berkeley, CA First session (open to public) 10 am Opening remarks (Rita Lucarelli, UC Berkeley) 10.15 am Willeke Wendrich […]

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    CODAH Presentation on the Demonology Database

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    CODAH – Centre on Digital Arts and Humanities: Digging into Demons: The Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project Database by Dr Kasia Szpakowska (Swansea University) Tuesday 10 February, 12.00pm SURF Room, Fulton House, Swansea University In this presentation I will provide an overview of the Ancient Egyptian Demonology […]

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    Demons at the Egypt Centre, Wales

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      Armed and dangerous: An iconography of protective Middle and New Kingdom demons Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 7 pm Fulton House 2, Swansea University, Wales During the New Kingdom, seemingly mundane household pieces of furniture began to be decorated with images of hybrid creatures engaged […]

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    Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals online

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    From their website: “This website presents online critical editions of Mesopotamian rituals and incantations against witchcraft. The text editions and translations are derived from the Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals (CMAwR; vol. 1, Brill: 2011). On this website you will also find general information on […]

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    Call for papers: Demon Things conference

      Demon Things: Ancient Egyptian Manifestations of Liminal Entities 21-24 March, 2016 at Swansea University and The Egypt Centre, Wales, UK   This international conference explores the range and variation of liminal entities the Ancient Egyptians believed capable of harm and help from the Predynastic […]

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    A Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power

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    About to order this NOW!—should be helpful for all interested in Ancient Egyptian religion, Coptic, demonology, and religion in general. Here is the information on A Coptic Handook of Ritual Power on the Brepols website: This volume publishes a new Coptic handbook of ritual power, comprising […]

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