Explore the origins and meanings of the fallen angels myths in Judeo-Christian tradition and their implications for the problem of evil.
Demonology is the study of demons or evil spirits, their nature, origin, classification, and activities. Possession is the state of being controlled or influenced by a demon or other entity, often resulting in physical, mental, or spiritual changes. Exorcism is the practice of expelling or removing a demon or other entity from a person, place, or object, usually by invoking religious authority or rituals.
The phenomenon of possession and exorcism has been reported in various cultures and religions throughout history, such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and African traditions. Some of the most famous cases of possession and exorcism include the Gerasene demoniac in the New Testament, the Loudun possessions in 17th century France, the Anneliese Michel case in 1970s Germany, and the Emily Rose case in 2000s America.
However, possession and exorcism are also controversial topics that raise many questions and challenges. How can we distinguish between genuine possession and mental illness? What are the ethical and legal implications of performing exorcisms? How can we verify the authenticity and effectiveness of exorcisms? What are the psychological and social factors that influence the occurrence and perception of possession and exorcism?
This category investigates these and other aspects of demonology, possession, and exorcism from various perspectives and disciplines. It aims to provide a comprehensive and balanced overview of the current state of knowledge and research on this complex phenomenon.
Discover how the Babylonians and Assyrians feared and interacted with five types of evil beings: the udug/utukku, the edimmu, the asag/asakku, the alu, and the lilu. Find out their origins, characteristics, functions, and representations in ancient texts and myths.
Lurianic Kabbalah, a school of Jewish mysticism founded by Rabbi Isaac Luria in the 16th century, presents a complex and intriguing cosmology that involves three demonic forces: Lilith, Samael, and Asmodeus. These three entities rule over the realms of air, fire, and water, respectively, and oppose God and humanity in various ways. They are also …
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.
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. One of their key weapons were in the form of rituals stressing the demon's name.
If you've ever woken up but felt paralyzed - or perhaps you've seen things, heard voices, or felt an evil presence. Relax - it's probably just sleep paralysis.