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CFP: Specters, Hauntings, Presences

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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 abstracts by April 22, 2016. Through this conference, we aim […]

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Conference beginning and end

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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 tone for the whole conference. Themes included religious diversity, religion as lived […]

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‘Demon Things’ conference 2016 abstract: Amy Hammett

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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 a deity or a group of deities. The inscriptions which […]

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Demon Things Conference – Day 3

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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: A Case of the Black Ram.  A Comparative Analysis of […]

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More Egyptologists arrive in Swansea! Demon Things Conference Day 2

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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 showing their presence and sure enough the organisational team were […]

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‘Demon Things’ conference abstract: Susanne Beck

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Susanne Beck Demons in Mesopotamia and Egypt: Sāmānu as a Case Study The demon Sāmānu is attested by numerous magical and me­dical sources in the ancient Near East and Egypt from the 3rd millennium to the 2nd century B.C. In Meso­potamia, Sāmānu is known as a widespread evil seizing gods, men, animals, plants, as well as rivers. In Egypt, Sāmānu […]

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Headless Beings in Christianity – lecture in Berkeley

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The Threat of the Headless Being: Constructing the Demonic in Christian Egypt David Frankfurter, Boston University Noon AHMA Colloquium Monday, March 7, 12-1.30 pm 370 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley This paper concerns the way local demonologies change under the influence of Christianity and the role of ritual experts, in this case monks, in this change.  The case-study involves two sixth-century exorcistic charms […]

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Heroes & Villains from Ancient Egypt at the Ashmolean

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The Demon Creation Station will be at the Ashmolean Museum Heroes & Villains LiveFriday January 2016 Friday 29 January, 7–10.30 pm All Welcome! We are all surrounded by invisible “demons” that help or hinder us. See how these heroes and villains were depicted and described by the Ancient Egyptians, and manifest your own at our Demon Creation Station! We invite […]

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‘Demon Things’ conference 2016 abstract: John Wyatt

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John Wyatt A Demonic and Angelic Bestiary? On-going zoological research into the various animal species depicted in/on tombs, coffins, head rests, wands and Books of the Dead for a Demon/Angel Bestiary is presently raising more questions than answers. Most demons have both aggressive and protective functions suggesting that attack is the best form of defence. How does this relate to […]

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‘Demon Things’ conference 2016 abstract: Felicitas Weber

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Felicitas Weber, Swansea University The Demon Code Book of the Dead manuscripts form one of the largest corpora of funerary literature from Ancient Egypt and hence provide a unique insight into diversified private personal beliefs. Research on selected New Kingdom manuscripts builds the fundament to analyze the role of demonic entities within the divine context which the deceased encounters after […]

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