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Ancient Egyptian Demon Advent Calendar, Day 4: Ammit

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Day 4 of the Demon Advent Calendar brings one of the most well-known demons: Ammit!

Image of Ammit. Photo by Zuzanna Bennett. Coffin from the Egypt Centre, Swansea (W1982).

Image of Ammit. Photo by Zuzanna Bennett. Coffin from the Egypt Centre, Swansea (W1982).

The name Ammit (sometimes spelled Ammut) means ‘The Devourer’ and she is often depicted next to the judgement scales in the afterlife. She waits there in case the deceased is judged to be unworthy of entering the afterlife, in which case she would gobble up the deceased’s heart. In this image, Ammit is depicted with a crocodile head, the upper body of a lion and the lower body of a hippo.

This image of Ammit is from a 21st Dynasty coffin of the musician Iwesemhesetmwt. The coffin is currently on display at the Egypt Centre, Swansea.

Click here to find out more about the coffin.

Coffin from the 21st Dynasty. Image by Zuzanna Bennett. Coffin W1982 from The Egypt Centre, Swansea.

Coffin from the 21st Dynasty. Image by Zuzanna Bennett. Coffin W1982 from The Egypt Centre, Swansea.

In an earlier blog post we mentioned that someone has created an Ammit stuffed toy!

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