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The Egypt Exploration Society is hosting a lecture by Rita Lucarelli perfect for the Halloween season! The Inhabitants of the Netherworld: tracking demons in the ancient Egyptian mortuary papyri and coffins Time and Place Start Time: Wednesday, 6th November 2013, 6:00 pm End Time: Wednesday, 6th November 2013, 7:30 pm...
  • Spearing Apep Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead of Hornefer
A new demonology course is being taught this academic year at undergraduate and MA level. In Germany, at Bonn University Rita Lucarelli is teaching “Ancient Egyptian Demonology in the Greco-Roman Period” from October 2013 to February 2014.  Good news for demonologists!...
  • Demonology Project
A wonderful new edited volume of 13 papers (what a perfect number!) has just been published in volume 14 of the Archiv für Religionsgeschichte. It includes a section on Evil Spirits, Monsters and Benevolent Protectors: Demonology in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. These papers stem from a workshop held in 2012 at a...
  • Poster for Swansea University Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Conference
The theme for this year’s Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Conference at Swansea University is “Brave New Worlds.” This is a cross disciplinary conference showcasing contemporary postgraduate research in the Arts and Humanities … Papers will interrogate the thesis of Aldous Huxley’s brave New World (1932) by exploring innovative ways in...
  • Amarna Beset amulet necklace
Swansea’s Egypt Centre has brought an interesting amulet to light. Has anybody seen other Bes’s like this, with hair like this? The long locks on the central figure look most unusual. Perhaps this is not even a Bes(et) at all? Check out their blog for details and the full debate! http://egyptcentre.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/amarna-daemons-beset.html...
  • Gaugain: Spirit of the Dead Keep Watch
Restless Dead, Ghosts and Wandering Spirits in the ancient and modern Egyptian beliefs by Rita Lucarelli at the 2013 Deutscher Orientalistentag Conference on Thursday, 26 September 4:00-4:30pm in Münster  ...
What makes a demon such a genius? It is not that she is so very smart. “Genius” is the term used for a hybrid being who is composed of animal parts.  A popular one in Ancient Egypt combined the form of a hippopotamus, lioness (or other big wild feline), and...