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Daemons and Spirits in Ancient Egypt

Daemons and Spirits in Ancient Egypt

by Carolyn Graves- Brown


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This book is about the weird and wonderful lesser-known ‘spirit’ entities of ancient Egypt, daemons, the mysterious and often fantastical creatures of the Egyptian ‘Otherworld’, and the closely related spirits of the dead. Few books deal accessibly with less familiar entities—daemons such as Ammut the Devourer, She Who Embraces, and the serpopard—which are here introduced to a new readership.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786832887
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Publication date: 02/15/2019
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Graves-Brown is Curator of the Egypt Centre at Swansea University.

Table of Contents

List of figures ix

Chronology xiii

Acknowledgements xv

Preface xvii

1 Introduction: Problems 1

2 Dwellings of the Dead and Daemons 13

3 Early Daemons and a Magic Wand 23

4 Those with Sticking-out Tongues, Dwarves, Hippopotami and Problems of Gender: Daemons from the New Kingdom and Later 35

5 Spirits of the Dead 69

6 Daemons on Coffins, the Book of the Dead and the Star-lit Sky 109

7 'Quasi-Daemons' 135

8 Conclusions 155

References 163

Index 193

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