Posts tagged with: Book of the Dead

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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This is one of a series of blogs written as an assignment by the 2015-16 Year 3 and MA students taking a course on “Supernatural Beings and Demons of Ancient Egypt” offered by Kasia Szpakowska at Swansea University.   Have you seen this demon? Description: This demon has a distinguishable iconography...
Rita Lucarelli Assistant Professor of Egyptology Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley The ancient Egyptian netherworld was populated by embodied creatures with supernatural powers and hybrid appearance, which are conventionally called “demons” or daimones and which function, as in many other ancient and modern religions, as a...
Digital Humanities and Egyptology Friday, February 13, 2015, 10 am – 1 pm The Center for the Tebtunis Papyri 373 Bancroft Library, (Jean and Irving Stone Seminar Room), Berkeley, CA First session (open to public) 10 am Opening remarks (Rita Lucarelli, UC Berkeley) 10.15 am Willeke Wendrich (UCLA): Ancient Egypt Online: Data,...
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...
These are four of the beings that appear on the 2nd outermost shrine of Tutankhamun.  Each entity has the lower torso of a human and respectively the head of a human, a ram, a falcon, and a jackal. If you look closely, you can see that the upper torso of...
Today’s demon is the aptly named cat-headed guardian, Miw. This demon comes from Book of the Dead spell 145 and is the guardian of the twelfth gate. This image is from KV 14, a tomb that was originally for Tausert (Dynasty 19) but was reused by Setnakht (Dynasty 20)....
Today’s demon is a strange composite demon from the Book of the Dead. Seems to be a cross between a hippopotamus, mouse (or shrew?) and a snake! Or is that just an odd hippo head… any thoughts?  ...
The Egypt Exploration Society is hosting a lecture by Rita Lucarelli perfect for the Halloween season! The Inhabitants of the Netherworld: tracking demons in the ancient Egyptian mortuary papyri and coffins Time and Place Start Time: Wednesday, 6th November 2013, 6:00 pm End Time: Wednesday, 6th November 2013, 7:30 pm...
  • Akhw in the tomb of Thutmosis III
Rita Lucarelli returns to Columbia University, New York for the eighth meeting of the Ancient Near Eastern Seminar of the 2012-13 academic year. Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Dr. Rita Lucarelli, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn Restless Dead and Ghosts in Ancient Egypt Beliefs in ghosts and spirits of the dead are widespread in world religions. In...