Ask the Shabti


Shabti is the Egyptian word for “answerer.”

The Egyptians believed these clay figurines would magically carry out any work they had to do in the afterlife.

SADIE:
Carter’s face had gone as soft and waxy as the little man’s.
‘What are you?’ he asked.
‘I’m a shabti, of course!’ The fi gurine rubbed his dented head.
He still looked quite lumpish, only now he was a living lump.
‘Master calls me Doughboy, though I find the name insulting.
You may call me Supreme-Force-Who-Crushes-His-Enemies!’

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