Female Demon in the Book of the Dead

What IS the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project?

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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.

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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...

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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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