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.
Demonology: The Study of Evil Spirits
Demonology is the study of demons, evil spirits, and more generally, supernatural entities considered to be malevolent. Many religions - specifically Judaism and Christianity - are known to adopt the gods and goddesses of pagan cultures as demonic spirits, so what is considered "evil" or a "demon" is often subjective. Read articles about demonology below.
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.
Over the years, I’ve gotten a lot of angry emails from people unhappy that a certain deity or spirit was listed as a “demon.” Here’s my reply.
The belief in demons and evil spirits predates Judeo-Christian theology. The ancient Babylonian and Assyrian cultures both had extensive demon classifications. This overview of Babylonian and Assyrian demonology explains the various classes of demons.
I get a number of requests from people who want to know what resources they should look into as they begin their study of “demonology.”
I talk about 3 traditions for communicating with demons on this site: The Faust myth, Black Magick grimoires, and Goetic magick.
Sons of God, Sons of Israel, the Nephilim, the Rephaim, and the Flood Myth
From a reader: A spiritualist talks about various voodoo deities and demons and their sources.
A reader asks how to help a friend who claims to be possessed by demons. Here’s my philosophy on what these demons are and how to rid yourself from them.