According to Collin de Plancy, Adramelech is a high chancellor of hell who tends to Satan’s wardrobe. He was also the god in 2 Kings 19:36-38 to whom the Sepharvites worshiped through human sacrifice.
Abaddon, the “place of destruction” is synonymous with Sheol in Proverbs and Job. In later writings, Abaddon is personified as the king of the abyss who can command an army of locusts to torment men.
Nybbas is a demon of hell who manages visions and dreams. He may be associated with the Assyrian and Babylonian god of writing, Nabu.
Yan-gant-y-tan is a demon from Brittany, who wanders the night holding 5 candles on his 5 fingers. He may also be Will-o’-the-Wisp and Jack-o’-Lantern.
The first chapters of Genesis contain two creation stories: one that details the creation of the cosmos and one that describes the creation and initial sin of man. This article explores the differences between the two creation stories and compares them to the Babylonian Enuma Elish.
The Testament of Job, written sometime between 100 BC-100 AD, shows how Satan’s role and character evolved from a servant of God to the spirit of idolatry and vengeance.
Is reason the root of all evil? That’s the core theme romantic era poet and artist, William Blake, tackles in his alternative-to-Genesis creation story, The Book of Urizen.
Of all the holidays, Halloween stands out as the best example of the quintessential American “melting pot,” that is, a melange of beliefs, rituals, or traditions, both religious or pagan, that stem from all cultures living in America.
The benandanti were an agrarian fertility cult in Northern Italy in the 16th-17th centuries who claimed they would leave their bodies and fight witches 4 times each year.
A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to tour Actun Tunichil Muknal, a Mayan cave discovered in 1989 in Cayo, Belize. Our tour guide likened the venture into the cave as the hero twins’ journey into Xibalba as recounted in the Popul Voh.
When most people think of Seraphim, they think of angels, but earliest usages of the term refer to serpent demons.
How did ancient semites deal with demon possession? Once a person came under the influence of demons, generally an exorcism was the only remedy. Here are some strategies sorcerer-priests used to banish evil spirits including magical preparations using various objects, incantations, and various magical rituals.