Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Mouse Demon of the Book of the Dead

     I am reading John Taylor's book Journey Through the Afterlife and I saw something in a photo on page 19 that struck me as odd.

     On the papyrus of Nesitanebisheru (Dynasty 21 or 22) there is a rather traditional scene showing The sky goddess Nut being separated from Geb (the god of the earth) by the god Shu. To the upper right of this scene are representations of gods and demons raising their hands in adoration. One of the demons (for the lack of a better word) has the head of a mouse or similar animal. I have never seen anything quite like it.

     The name of the demon is something like srk'd. The first three characters in the name are very clear (srk). The fourth character in the name looks like the fish that Gardiner's sign list transliterated as 'd (Gardiner's Grammar, p. 477, sign K3).

Does anyone have a clue what this demon is? If so, please let me know.

1 comment:

  1. This is one of the demons harasing me for the last 7 years. I been looking for the name do I can cast it out. Thank goodness I finally found it.