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The guardian of the portal of fire

The ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead contains many texts that describe what happens to your spirit after you die. As one of the recently deceased you would have had to pass several tests before your soul was found worthy to become one of the Akh, the glorious dead. One of...

MISSING: Armed and possibly dangerous!

This is one of a series of blogs written as an assignment by the 2015-16 Year 3 and MA students taking a course on “Supernatural Beings and Demons of Ancient Egypt” offered by Kasia Szpakowska at Swansea University.   Have you seen this demon? Description: This demon has a distinguishable iconography...

CFP: Specters, Hauntings, Presences

Call For Papers SPECTERS, HAUNTINGS, PRESENCES Northwestern University Department of Religious Studies Graduate Conference October 7-9, 2016 The Religious Studies Department of Northwestern University invites graduate student papers for a conference on “Specters, Hauntings, Presences,” to be held in Evanston, Illinois on October 7-9, 2016. Deadline extended – We request...

Conference beginning and end

Just to come full circle… previously, we blogged about full days of papers one and two. Our conference launched on Monday, 21 March, with offerings of wine and chocolate to pacify all the beings. Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Stringer kicked off the event with a stimulating unscripted talk that really set the...
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‘Demon Things’ conference 2016 abstract: Amy Hammett

Amy Hammett The Clay Balls of Ancient Egypt: A Symbolic Defence Against Apophis? The “striking of the ball” ritual, dated from the New Kingdom to the Late period, is depicted on a number of temple walls. The scene depicts the Pharaoh, armed with a club or stick, hitting balls before...

Demon Things Conference – Day 3

Day 3 has seen another day of exciting presentations on the Demon Things conference.  Following a late change to the programme – Panagiotis Kousoulis and El Zahraa Megahed were unable to attend – the day began with a thought-provoking paper delivered by Nika Laventyeva and Ekaterina Alexandrova on Liminal Sources of Dangerous Powers:...

More Egyptologists arrive in Swansea! Demon Things Conference Day 2

Today, the Demon Things Conference 2016 welcomed over 85 delegates to the impressive Taliesin Theatre next to the Egypt Centre, where nine excellent papers were presented over the theatre’s huge screen (for images please visit our Facebook site.) A conference on “demons” was always destined to warrant a few demons of our own...
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