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Renata Schiavo, Leiden University Ghosts and ancestors in a gender perspective In an impressive number of apotropaic documents, male and female deceased are often associated. In fact, they are listed in pairs (Ӡḫ/Ӡḫ.t, mwt/mwt.t, etc.) in order to strike as many preternatural enemies as possible. Thus, at first sight, it...
Marie Vandenbeusch, British Museum Following Seth’s path? The ambivalent nature of ancient Egyptian donkey-headed deities Egyptian gods are well known for their ability to take various shapes, in particular animal forms. Most animals living in Egypt are involved in these transformations. Amongst them, the donkey is often associated with the god...
Erin E. Bornemann and Stuart Tyson Smith, University of California Liminal Deities in the Borderlands: Bes and Pataikos in Ancient Nubia During the New Kingdom Period (1550–1069 BC) and extending into the Napatan period (750–332 BC), apotropaic deities were especially popular in the household, and—when represented in the form of amulets—...
A call for papers for the Annual Graduate Student Conference in Religious Studies at the University of Texas at Austin is now out. Magic, Miracles and the Paranormal in Religious Imaginaries An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference April 9-10, 2016 The University of Texas at Austin Keynote Speakers: Paul Mirecki, Kansas University...
Zuzanna Bennett, Swansea University Anatomy of a Coffin Text demon In the Middle Kingdom Coffin Texts, demonic entities are vividly described and sometimes intricately illustrated. These descriptions and depictions are of a network of supernatural beings consisting of individuals with distinct characters, attributes and forms. Demonic appearances can vary substantially,...
Felicitas Weber will be representing our project and speaking at the Altertumswissenschaften in a Digital Age: Egyptology, Papyrology and Beyond conference in Leipzig, November 4-6, 2015. “DemonBase” – Creating a database for “The Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: Second Millennium BCE” “The Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: Second Millennium BCE” was intended and funded...
Rita Lucarelli Baba and the demonic aspects of the baboon Among the minor deities of the Egyptian pantheon is the god Baba (or Bebon), who is attested since the Pyramid Texts of the Old Kingdom through the temple texts of the Graeco-Roman period. Although never depicted, a few texts suggest...