Posts tagged with: Ancient Egypt

The ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead contains many texts that describe what happens to your spirit after you die. As one of the recently deceased you would have had to pass several tests before your soul was found worthy to become one of the Akh, the glorious dead. One of...
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Demons play fascinating roles in Egyptian magical texts and images. In this fascinating lecture, Dr. Lucarelli will discuss the nature of ancient Egyptian magical practice and imagery, focusing on the role of demons. Recent theories addressing questions of the definition, function and understanding of "magic" and "demons" in ancient Egypt...
AMERICAN RESEARCH CENTER IN EGYPT/NEW YORK CHAPTER The American Research Center in Egypt, New York Chapter (ARCE/NY), in co-sponsorship with the Egyptological Seminar Of New York (ESNY), presents the following in our 2016 Fall Lecture Series: FREE TO THE PUBLIC. RSVP REQUIRED: Reply to [email protected] TITLE: “‘Child in the Nest’:...
Children are a ubiquitous feature in ancient Egyptian tomb scenes, where their role is sometimes described as passive (acting as offering bearers) and sometimes active (as mourners). Less visible is their role in household religious activities performed on behalf of the living. The young were thought to be vulnerable to...
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 coffin of Djehuty-nakht (coffin code B2Bo) is dated to approximately 2010–1961 B.C. (during the Middle Kingdom). It was excavated from Tomb 10A in Deir el-Bersha, Middle Egypt (the fifteenth Ancient Egyptian nome). Coffins from this region and time period are most famous for their depictions of a map of...
  Demon Things: Ancient Egyptian Manifestations of Liminal Entities 21-24 March, 2016 at Swansea University and The Egypt Centre, Wales, UK   This international conference explores the range and variation of liminal entities the Ancient Egyptians believed capable of harm and help from the Predynastic through the Coptic periods. While...
Think you know what an ancient Egyptian demon is? Then your help is needed!   Definitions There is much academic discussion over the definition of ancient Egyptian demons. A variety of modern terms have been used to describe these entities, including ‘genius’, ‘minor divinity’ and ‘demon’ (alternatively spelt ‘daemon’). It...
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On 15th May, Swansea University’s Egypt Centre hosts: Museums at Night: Demons and Spirits of the Dead (late night opening 4-8pm)...
The Demonology Project’s Felicitas Weber will be presenting a lecture for the Friends of the Egypt Centre. ‘Learning is Not Just For Life, But For Death’ The “Book of the Dead” was the most common guide through the Netherworld for the ancient Egyptians, from the New Kingdom through the Roman Period. This...