With so many types of demons wrecking havoc on human lives, the Babylonians, Assyrians and early Jews concocted numerous ways to deal with their menacing foes. Common ways people protected themselves included carrying around an amulet such as a ring or inscribing various symbols or numbers on tablets or discs. Later Jewish rituals were similar. They would hang aloes or … [Read more...]
Ancient Assyria was a Semitic empire that flourished from the 25th century BCE to around 605 BCE. Situated in northern Mesopotamia along the Tigris river, the Assyrian society became powerful and was known for agricultural and technical advances. Read articles about the ancient Assyrians below.
Virtually all cultures have believed in good and evil spirits at some point. The belief dates back to Babylonian and Assyrian religions, predating Judaism. There are generally 2 types of evil spirits: Departed human spirits - Spirits of humans that died were thought to haunt the living. These spirits could be friendly or hostile, depending on the nature of their death or … [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...]