Posts filed under: Demon Things 2016

Conference beginning and end

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...
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‘Demon Things’ conference 2016 abstract: Amy Hammett

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...

Demon Things Conference – Day 3

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:...

More Egyptologists arrive in Swansea! Demon Things Conference Day 2

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...
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‘Demon Things’ conference abstract: Susanne Beck

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,...

‘Demon Things’ conference 2016 abstract: John Wyatt

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...

‘Demon Things’ conference 2016 abstract: Felicitas Weber

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...

‘Demon Things’ conference 2016 abstract: John Richard Ward

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...

‘Demon Things’ conference 2016 abstract: Kasia Szpakowska

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...

‘Demon Things’ conference 2016 abstract: Tony Spalinger

Anthony J. Spalinger (University of Auckland, New Zealand) Demonizing the Enemy: The Ramesside Libyans In contrast to recent studies of the historical accounts of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu that have focused upon the organization of the registers or the narrative techniques employed, I shall attempt a visual appreciation of one of...