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Books of Magic – Words of Magic – Cultures of Magical Knowledge from Antiquity to Modern Times Internationale kulturwissenschaftliche Tagung Leipzig, 14. –16. September 2017 Theologische Fakultät Looks to be a great conference, filled with presentations on ancient Egypt but also much more! rough translation of an excerpt of the...
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Just to come full circle… previously, we blogged about full days of papers one and two. Our conference launched on Monday, 21 March, with offerings of wine and chocolate to pacify all the beings. Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Stringer kicked off the event with a stimulating unscripted talk that really set the...
  • Temple of Luxor (Gayet 1894- LXXIV)
Amy Hammett The Clay Balls of Ancient Egypt: A Symbolic Defence Against Apophis? The “striking of the ball” ritual, dated from the New Kingdom to the Late period, is depicted on a number of temple walls. The scene depicts the Pharaoh, armed with a club or stick, hitting balls before...
Day 3 has seen another day of exciting presentations on the Demon Things conference.  Following a late change to the programme – Panagiotis Kousoulis and El Zahraa Megahed were unable to attend – the day began with a thought-provoking paper delivered by Nika Laventyeva and Ekaterina Alexandrova on Liminal Sources of Dangerous Powers:...
Today, the Demon Things Conference 2016 welcomed over 85 delegates to the impressive Taliesin Theatre next to the Egypt Centre, where nine excellent papers were presented over the theatre’s huge screen (for images please visit our Facebook site.) A conference on “demons” was always destined to warrant a few demons of our own...
  • Samanu's name in Cuneiform and Hieratic
Susanne Beck Demons in Mesopotamia and Egypt: Sāmānu as a Case Study The demon Sāmānu is attested by numerous magical and me­dical sources in the ancient Near East and Egypt from the 3rd millennium to the 2nd century B.C. In Meso­potamia, Sāmānu is known as a widespread evil seizing gods,...
John Wyatt A Demonic and Angelic Bestiary? On-going zoological research into the various animal species depicted in/on tombs, coffins, head rests, wands and Books of the Dead for a Demon/Angel Bestiary is presently raising more questions than answers. Most demons have both aggressive and protective functions suggesting that attack is...
Felicitas Weber, Swansea University The Demon Code Book of the Dead manuscripts form one of the largest corpora of funerary literature from Ancient Egypt and hence provide a unique insight into diversified private personal beliefs. Research on selected New Kingdom manuscripts builds the fundament to analyze the role of demonic...
John Richard Ward Akephalos: a Demon’s Origins and Transformation into ‘the Headless One’ The aim of this paper is to explore the possible origins and later adaptations of the ancient Egyptian Akephalos, a demon also known as ‘the Headless One’. Its characteristics, attributes and functions are primarily portrayed within the...
Kasia Szpakowska, Swansea University and Director of the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: Second Millennium BCE Launch of The Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: 2K BCE “DemonBase” Demons abound in the media today—from tales of possession, to the labelling of political policies as “demonic,” to the channelling of spirits for healing. In both the modern...