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  • demon, dead, death, Ramesses 6
Gotta love this image of an enemy with an axe embedded in his head. Not surprisingly, this is the determinative (A14) used for a whole range of words related to death, carnage, bloodbath, and after a number of demonic entities (including some who cause sickness) in Ancient Egypt!...
The Jagellonian University in Poland has issued a call for papers related to Magical Texts in Ancient Civilisations. The deadline for abstract submission is March 15th. For more information please visit the blog of fellow demonologist Panagiotis Kousoulis. Updates on the conference will be found on http://www.psc.uj.edu.pl/index.php/pl/o_nas/wydarzenia/wydarzenia_2012/civilizations/....
  • nightmare, art, horse, demon, fuseli
Having had yet another restless night’s sleep, today’s feature is one of those that still torments us today—a Nightmare. Bad dreams, anxiety dreams, nightmares, whatever you want to call them, they troubled the Ancient Egyptians as much as us today. But rather than being associated with internal psychological phenomena, they...
I was very proud to receive today my copy of A New Interpretation of the Cone on the Head in New Kingdom Egyptian Tomb Scenes by Dr. Joan Padgham. Not only was she an undergraduate student as Swansea University, she also completed her PhD here. Well done!  Her iconographical data-driven analysis will fit right...
  • spirits, ghosts, dead, Book of the Night, Ancient Egypt, coffin, afterlife
Ghosts in Ancient Egypt? yes indeedy!  They even featured in stories. But in Ancient Egypt, these were rarely scary, as demonstrated in this Tale of the Levitating Ghost.  The story is missing the beginning and the end, and is really fragmentary. It seems to involve the Pharaoh giving instructions to...
  • griffin, monster, demon, Ancient Egypt, desert, Middle Egypt
        To an Italian of the Baroque period, wild forests were chaotic places where demonic entities and powers held sway. This 17th century AD painting by Agostino Tassi features a witch with a monster and a dog, firmly ensconced in the that realm.        ...
  • mouse god demon
  So what do we make of this furry guy? Is he a god? semi-divine (what I like to call a godlet)? a super-natural intermediary entity? A demon? He seems to wear divine head gear, but I cannot recall any references to a cult of the mouse!...