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...]
Demons are supernatural entities that often cause destruction or harm to humans within popular folklore, literature or religious beliefs. Often, their intent is malevolent, and their actions wreck havoc on undeserving victims. Read articles about demons below.
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...]
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...]