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  • Bes headrest Louvre AE4093 Bbb33
Is it just me, or does the New Kingdom Bes bear a striking resemblance to a “haka” (Maori warrior dance) dancer?     It is not only the defiant intimidating dance. Many of the physical characteristics  of Bes (aside from his lion-like ears and mane) are his “scary” face, often...
Apparently the second season of the TV series “Da Vinci’s Demons” is again being filmed in the Swansea Bay region.   And of course, Swansea University is host to the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: Second Millennium BC. Coincidence? You be the judge!...
  • Ancient Egyptian bes with tambour
Recently I was discussing one my favorite little demon / god / entity things, Bes, with a professional drummer. He pointed out that while Egyptologists often call the instrument that Bes holds in images from the New Kingdom onwards a “tambourine.” In fact, this is imprecise.        ...
  • Ancient Egyptian magic ivory wands demon
For those of you interested in Ancient Egyptian apotropaic magical devices (or ancient religion or magic in general), particularly the Middle Kingdom ivory magic wands, one of the most important works is still: Altenmüller, Hartwig (1965), Die Apotropaia und die Götter mittelägyptens: Eine typologische und religionsgeschichtliche Untersuchung der sogenannten “Zaubermesser”...
  • Ibis, Baboon, Mouse from Book of the Dead
For some reason, these little entities just keep catching my eye. As I was perusing that wonderful catalogue Journey through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead edited by John Taylor, on p. 19 I came across another little mouse being in a late 21st or 22nd dynasty papyrus of...
  • The Ammit toy created by Roogna
I can’t help it. I stumbled across the very coolest toy ever. Yup! An artist going by the name of Roogna has made a little toy of Ammit (or ammut), “the Devourer”. Famously she waits to eat your heart if it tips the scales of maat. Apparently this was a commissioned one-off,...
  • Visions of Enchantment Conference
[colored_box variation=”purple”]This sounds like an interesting conference for those interested in demonic entities from all cultures (not just Ancient Egypt!)[/colored_box] Visions of Enchantment: Occultism, Spirituality & Visual Culture An International Conference at the University of Cambridge, 17-18 March 2014   Conference project This two-day conference is a collaboration between the...