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Aris Legowski, University of Bonn What is the Evil within Demons? Exploring the Egyptian semantic field of the Evil Throughout all periods of Ancient Egyptian history liminal entities, or demons, played a significant role in cultural life. They can be regarded as concrete manifestations of universal forces such as good and...
Jay Johnston, University of Sydney Drawing Demons: Iconography and Ontology in the Heidelberg Coptic Papyri This paper will present new readings of the iconography of demons and other ‘intermediate’ beings found in the Heidelberg Coptic Papyri (P. Heid. Inv. Kopt. 678-686 ed. Bilabel and Grohmann 1934, Kropp 1966, Meyer 1996). These...
Jiří Janák and Renata Landgráfová, Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague Guardians of Gates: an Unusual Assemblage of Demons in Menekhibnekau‘s Book of the Dead Chapter 144 The Saite-Persian shaft tomb necropolis at Abusir is a rich source of texts and images attesting to the continuity and change of Egyptian funerary...
Nika Lavrentyeva and Ekaterina Alexandrova, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts Liminal sources of dangerous powers: a case of the Black Ram A comparative analysis of demonological representations in the Pyramid Texts and the Coffin Texts displays verbal and visual sign-systems, which complement each other. The CT captures a developed...
Augusto Cosentino Egyptian demons in magic literature and iconography This Paper aims to investigate the presence of figures and descriptions of demons in Magic literature. The iconographical tradition is well represented in the magical amulets, where we can find deities coming from greek and roman tradition, but also Egyptian gods...
Ladislav Bareš, Charles University in Prague Underworld demons in the decoration of the large Late Period shaft tombs at Abusir In the decoration of the large shaft tombs at Abusir, dated to late Dyn. 26/early Dyn. 27, several series of the underworld demons can be found. They appear in different...
Danielle Sass, Macquarie University Slaughterers, Knife-Bearers and Plague-Bringers: A study of the role and significance of the xA.tyw in ancient Egyptian thought. This paper will present the findings of a study focused on a particular group of liminal beings that are conceptualised in ancient Egyptian thought as belonging to the realm...