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

Poznan Archaeological Museum Book of the Dead

What is a Demon?

"DEMON" is our term for those superhuman entities that hover between the native Egyptian categories of god, man, and king. Some harm, some help people.

Book of Caverns KV 9

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".

© Metropolitan Museum

Demons are also mentioned in spells and other religious TEXTS...

...such as Metropolitan Museum of Art #28.3.113.

Mythological papyrus with Seth as an ass and guardian-demons

Why do we NEED a Demonology of Ancient Egypt?


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