Bes-like figures in the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead
with Dr. Rita Lucarelli
Bes was a popular god in ancient Egypt and he still is today. Less known are instead some apotropaic Bes-like figures occurring in the vignettes of spells belonging to the corpus of the Book of the Dead, especially on papyrus, and which play the function of demonic guardians of the netherworld. In this lecture, these figures will be analyzed and discussed in order to understand their agency within the heterogeneous divine and demonic population of the Realm of the Dead.
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