A systematic study of demons spiritual, superhuman, benevolent beings or creatures with the ability to possess humans and that all affairs of life are supposed to be under the control of spirits.
The Ancient Greek term for daimon signifies “devine power”-“fate” or “God”. Demons were not considered by the Greeks as a negative force but as devine spiritual being.
A universal supernatural entity from various religions, a malevolent powerful creature that creates chaos and carnage. In ancient Babylon, demonology influenced most living associations of life including our emotions and inhabited certain areas of the human body, brain, heart or sexual organs. Certain culture believes that sleep paralysis channels the ability to allow physical connection with demons or invasion of an unclean spirit.
Many religions, cultures and sects including Voodoo believe the countless spirits or demons inhabit our surrounding elements of the natural world, in trees, flowers, flowing waters throughout the earth water and sky. Celebration through dancing encourages the spiritual invasion and possession, unified in mind body and spirit.
Usually associated with evil or as advocates between good or evil, grounded on earth at the temptation of Man! They are classed as elementals and malign, unclean spirits that incite and convert, manipulating the thoughts and actions of humans’ from murder to demonic possession.
Many demons are also classed as fallen angels. While some fell to earth others followed Lucifer deep down into hell holding designated places amongst the devil’s kingdom. Enochic doctrines regard many demons to be based on the fallen angels or Watchers (identified as good and bad) governed by Azazel; (the angel of--------------------------) Although it is Satanel who is said to control fallen angels, demons by rank and order in Hell.
The Zoroastrianism faith deems there to be 3,333 Demons assigned with deadly deeds and dark forces of nature to inflict across the world including famine, disease, and war. Zoroastrian tradition ‘Ahura Mazda’ sees the Spenta Mainyu as the force of good that will eventually be victorious in a cosmic battle with the evil force of Angra Mainyu. The Jewish Talmud states there are 7,405,926 that fall into an individual hierarchy of rank, order, defenders, attackers, punishers, angels of death, all divided into categories and companies.
The contemporary Roman Catholic Church unequivocally teaches the reality of angels and demons. The majority of Christian church doctrines state the fallen angels and the condemned shall never be reunited with God but remain in Hell for eternity. Trained Bishops in exorcism and heresies embark on trips and encounters with demons and the possessed throughout the world. Numerous exorcisms are performed in secrecy each year.
The church classifies possession as the invasion of an ‘unclean spirit’ but taken into account of the past and even present how many of the inflicted, insane or schizophrenics were deemed to be possessed.
The ‘Nephilim’ were a hybrid creation of a sexual relationship between a fallen angle and human woman. When the creature died it would roam the earth in search for peace, placement and rest.
The Jewish religion recognises demons individually by designated name, while in Jewish folklore the “dybbuk” and the evil humans to be condemned as demons, vampires and ghouls. The Kabbalah records the power of evil rise up from the left pillar of the Tree of Life. This developed in the thirteenth century to ten evil Sephiroth to encounter the ten holy Sepiroth of the tree. The Hebrew religion denoted demons as inciters of harm, with each designated being possessing the ability to inflict debilitation upon their victims. The demon “Shabriri” meaning ‘dazzling glare’ would linger beneath its water hole waiting throughout the night for someone to drink from it, striking its victims with blindness. The (Shedim) were a group of demons including Mazzikims’ “the harmers”, the Ruhin “Spirits” and the Lilin morning day and night sprits that could call upon natural disasters of famine, flood and earthquakes. The “se’irim” that of “hairy beings” were satyr-like creatures that frolicked and danced in ecstasy.
Golem was a clay figure and was named Adam and given life by Jehovah. In 1590 Rabbi Low Ben Bezalel created a clay golem and brought it to life by inserting a slip of paper inside the statues mouth with the word Shem.. This was to be removed every Friday and Saturday, their day of rest. He devised it in order to protect the Jewish people of Prague against an attack from the Christians. The golem served the rabbi well acting on his happiness waiting on him and protecting the Jewish people by scaring potential Christians away. As with all magic the rabbi forgot to remove the slip of paper and golem went on the rampage until he was finally caught by the rabbi and the paper was removed. Fearing a repeat of his folly golem was buried in the cellar wall of the Synagogue, lying in wait for that breath of life again.
Hindus have a belief system that people who have committed extraordinary evil are at death banished to a life of solitude and limbo, punishment for their crimes. They become Bhuta, Vetalsa, Pishachas; ethereal demons in penance for a long length of time until their souls are forgiven and reborn. In Chaldean mythology the seven evil deities were known as shedu meaning storm demons.
The Jinn amongst Arabic and Islamic teachings were considered as elementals of free will that proceeded humanity and became the nearest association with mankind. While humans were created from Earth angels from light, the Jinn form ‘smokeless fire’. Jinn’s are not necessarily evil but can also do good reflecting on human nature. They are referred to as the “Al-Ghaib” and are the unseen or unknown. Jinn’s maintained many of the negative attributes to man: gluttony, drinking, mischievous and foul smelling divinities that haunt cemeteries, indulging in a feeding frenzy, ruminants of food.
Evil Jinn’s are called ‘shayatin’ – devils. And the Iblis with Satan as their commander. Malevolent Jinn’s can shape-shift into many forms but their favourites are black dogs, snakes and humans.
Buddhism portrays many hells in that demons linger on earth tempting man into the darkest of sins. Hindu texts from the Atharvaveda records on demon habitats and defines individual natures bestowed to each spirit and how to control them. Sanskrit teachings name ‘Mara’ as the leader of evil and temptation. Hindu mythology indentifies their classified demons as Bhutas, Vetalas, Pishachas and Yakshas which initially are a collection of spirits condemned by their sins and discontent on earth. The bodiless souls roam in limbo, where such spirits can be conjured by practitioners to do their bidding.