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Demon Things 2016

Look here for all things related to the conference “Demon Things: Ancient Egyptian Manifestations of Liminal Entities” March 21-24, 2016 at Swansea University, Wales.

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—...
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,...
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...
Arnaud Quertinmont, Musée royal de Mariemont Anubis as a Demon? The gates of the Underworld are watched over by what we call “demons”. These guardians, who can prove to be aggressive or protective, are often armed with knives. In general, they are only known for this specific purpose and it is...
Amr Gaber, Swansea University MnH, ‘the Butcher’: A Benevolent Demon and Lord of Demons This work is concerned with a demon, i.e. Meneh who is attested in the ancient Egypt since the Middle Kingdom till the Graeco-Roman Period according to the epigraphic and iconographic evidence. Despite his aggressiveness, fierceness and violence,...
Sonja Gerke, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz The ancient Egyptian Griffin The mythical creature, that is known to us today as ‘griffin’ – a hybrid of feline body and bird’s head – overlooks a history of altogether five thousand years and was known and formed by many different cultures and cultural thoughts....
Panagiotis Kousoulis, University of the Aegean Rebellious identities and demonic diversity: Name vs. function of the msw-bdSw and the Apopian associates A central issue in the study of the ancient Egyptian demonic discourse is the variety of forms and names in which the unseen intervenes and is recognized. These manifestations...
Check out our line-up of speakers for the ‘Demon Things’ conference 2016! We will be releasing their abstracts in the next few weeks too.  ...