Friday, 10 May 2013

Daemons, Spells and Spirits of the Dead

Another great 'Museums at Night' event!

"DAEMONS, SPELLS AND SPIRITS OF THE DEAD

Free Event on Thursday 16th May 4-8pm
Summary: We shall be seeking out the daemons, spells and spirits of the dead at Swansea's Egypt Centre. This is part of the Museums at Night national event. 

 Activities include:
  • Daemon Hunters (a trail suitable for older children and adults)
  • Senet, a fun game about the otherworld (all ages)
  • Guided tour (places are limited for this so you need to book)
  • Mummification demonstration (all ages)
  • Trails (younger children)
While many people have heard of the main gods of ancient Egypt who had their own temples - gods such as Isis and Osiris - fewer have heard of the strange characters who, while not of this world, were not gods. These daemons, demons or genii could be either friendly or malevolent. Bes, a bandy legged dwarf daemon was a protector of children and women in childbirth; while others, such as the snake daemon ‘Hurler of Two Knives’, threatened the spirits of the dead in the afterlife. Some daemons might even threaten the living, and on display we have a great many protective amulets and even a ‘magic wand’ used to protect young children against the forces of evil. 
Swansea University is becoming a 'demon Centre' with Dr. Kasia Szpakowska, who lectures at the university, researching and blogging on these entities." - Egypt Centre

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