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...]
European Demons: List of Demons in Europe
Many of those classified as European "demons" in this list come from Greek, Roman and Norse mythologies and display trickster-like behavior (e.g. Loki) or are associated with the underworld (e.g. Hecate). Browse through profiles of demons, tricksters and evil spirits from Europe including Greek, Roman, Norse, and Scandinavian demons below. Visit the Demon FAQ for more info on my philosophy behind the classifications.
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...]
In Babylonian and Assyrian religions, Shedim was a generic name like the Hebrew and Christian word 'spirit.' The word possibly derives from the root meaning 'to be violent.' They were frequently portrayed as winged bulls that guarded the entrances to temples. They can appear with an evil connotation in magical texts, like the following: "the evil spirit (Sedu, Heb.: … [Read more...]
Dictionnaire Infernal - Collin de Plancy (1863) (paraphrased) Ribesal, aka Rubezal, is a specter at the summit of the Risemberg, according to the people of Silesia. He is responsible for suddenly covering the mountain with clouds and he excites tempers. Reader Comments - thanks to Renata: Hi, after reading through your website (which is very well done)I came to your … [Read more...]
Dictionnaire Infernal - Collin de Plancy (1863) (paraphrased) Rahovart is a demon whom little is known. He is referenced in Morality, about the evil and stingy rich, which was printed at Rouen by Durzel and is undated. In this account, which plays out to the end of the 15th century, Rahovart is Satan's companion. Rahovart carries a basket that contains the soul of the … [Read more...]