Online database of Ancient Egyptian demons created to help work out what they are

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A database of Ancient Egyptian demons — featuring dog-headed humans, walking suns and strange hippo-lion combinations — has been created to help experts work out what they are.

Launched at the British Science Festival in Swansea, the online catalogue allows people to look at line drawings of the creatures, which are thought to have been used to protect people from nightmares and diseases.

Professor Kasia Szpakowska compared the figures, which were not quite gods, animals or humans, but something in between, to Native American dreamcatchers used by some people around the world today.

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