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Just when I thought that all the demons and liminal beings with knives on their feet were depicted on furniture, jewelry, or cosmetic containers… During the Egyptian and Jewish Magic in Antiquity conference, an image was shown of a big Taweret holding a knife with each of her four limbs. She stands tall and proud,...
Contexts, Contacts, Continuities and Comparisons Full details and location of this International Collaborative Conference in Ancient Magic 5-9 July, 2015, University of Bonn Download Flyer Poster Full Programme  ...
This week the Demonology 2K team met with visiting scholar John Wyatt, who specialises in identifying bird and animal species in ancient Egyptian depictions. Together we discussed the different ways in which demons can be depicted and what animal species are used to create their images. We had lots of...
The Southampton Ancient Egypt Society  ‘The Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: Second Millennium BCE’ Dr Kasia Szpakowska, Swansea University Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 14:00 Oasis Academy, Romesy Road, Lord’s Hill, Southampton SO16 8FA   The Egypt Society of Bristol  ‘Armed and Dangerous: An iconography of protective Middle and New Kingdom demons’...
  • Men-Shen door-guard
In the interest of encouraging cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research, today we feature a door guardian from Ancient Egypt and another from China. Similarities and contrasts abound.   They can both wield weapons—for example a pair of swords, or a sword and axe for Men-Shen, and a butcher’s knife for the Ancient...
From the Outside Looking In: Digitization of Ancient Egyptian Objects and Entities Kasia Szpakowska Associate Professor of Egyptology Swansea University, Wales Time: April 13, 2015;  5:30-6:30 p.m. Venue: 254 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley Sponsor: Near Eastern Studies & Center for Tebtunis Papyri Event Contact: [email protected] This presentation provides an overview of...
The Akhu ‘Spirits’ are mentioned in several Coffin Text spells.   CT spell 47 describes these demons as part of an apotropaic list (an itemized list of dangerous entities and concepts). If any god, and spirit (Akh) and any dead person (mwt) opposes the deceased, they will be confined to...