According to Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal, Adramelech is a high chancellor of hell, president of the high council of devils, and the superintendent of the king of demons’ wardrobe. He can take the shape of a mule or peacock, and in ancient times, the people of the Assyrian city, Sepharvaim, sacrificed children to him. Adramelech in the Old Testament The name … [Read more...]
Demonology: A-E List of Demon Names, Devils, & Evil Spirits
Virtually all religions & cultures have various supernatural entities that are considered malevolent or even evil. In some cultures, these may be simply forces of nature like hurricanes. Sometimes they are entities with capabilities for destruction such as fertility gods/goddesses. And in some belief systems, they are evil spirits hellbent on making one's life miserable.
This page was created as a study in world perceptions of "evil." Throughout this section, you'll find lists of demon names and descriptions of different demons/devils/evil spirits. I realize that some of these "demons" can be considered gods or mythological beings. I've chosen those I found to demonstrate the trickster archetype or have been described as possessing "evil" traits in a predominant belief system. Visit the Demon FAQ for more info on my philosophy behind the classifications.
Below, are the names of demons and destructive entities that can bring harm or destruction to individuals as well as articles on general demonology.
Chiang-shih (or kiang shi)
In Judeo-Christian traditions, Abaddon is known both as a “place of destruction” and a personified entity of destruction, though in most writings, it is primarily the former. Abaddon in the Old Testament The name Abaddon is derived from its Hebrew root, meaning ‘to destroy.’ It is used six times throughout the Wisdom literature in the Old Testament. Proverbs 15:11, 27:20 … [Read more...]
Nybbas is an obscure demon mentioned in Collin de Plancy's Dictionnaire Infernal (1863). According to de Plancy, the demon is in the high upper gallery of hell, but is regarded as a buffoon and charlatan. He is said to manage visions and dreams. The accompanying illustration shows a humanoid figure with horns and cloven feet sitting behind a wooden desk. He is dressed in … [Read more...]
Yan-gant-y-tan (Jan gant y tan) is one of the lesser-known demons mentioned in Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal. De Plancy gives only a brief description - that Yan-gant-y-tan is a demon from Brittany who wanders the streets of Finistere at night holding five candles in hand - one on each of his five fingers - spinning them like a flaming wheel. Yan-gant-y-tan is … [Read more...]
When most people think of Seraphim, they think of angels, but earliest usages of the term refer to serpent demons. The concept of the serpent as a demon was well known to the Egyptians, Babylonians and Assyrians. In Persian mythology, the serpent Dahaka was the incarnation of the evil spirit Angra Mainyu. The word Seraphim comes from the plural of the Hebrew word 'saraph' … [Read more...]