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 sort of lesser gods, protectors or genii. In this lecture a catalogue of such creatures will be presented and discussed, on the basis of the evidence coming mainly from the mortuary papyri of the Book of the Dead and from the coffins produced during the first millennium BCE.
Lecture in memory of Dr. Rolf Scherman
Lecture made possible by the tribute gifts in memory of Rolf Scherman—donor, friend, and supporter
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The Inhabitants of the Netherworld: Tracking Demons in Ancient Egyptian Mortuary Papyri and Coffins
Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
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