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MnH, “The Butcher” and Lord of the Butcher Demons

Amr Gaber

Abstract


This work investigates a demon, Meneh, who is attested from the Middle Kingdom until the Graeco-Roman Period in epigraphic and iconographic evidence. His epithets reflect aggression, ferocity, and violence, which Meneh uses mainly against enemies of the deities. Additionally, he can be a threat to the deceased. However, not only did he have his own cult in the Graeco-Roman temples, but he also had his own clergy. Therefore,
this work studies his various aspects in extenso. Moreover, newly proposed readings of  two of his epithets, as well as the similarity of functions and mutual connection to Osiris, establish his link to the butcher demons.

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