Virtually all religions & cultures have various supernatural entities that are considered malevolent or even evil. In some cultures, these may be simply forces of nature like hurricanes. Sometimes they are entities with capabilities for destruction such as fertility gods/goddesses. And in some belief systems, they are evil spirits hellbent on making one’s life miserable. This page was created as a study in world perceptions of “evil.” Throughout this section, you’ll find lists of demon names and descriptions of different demons/devils/evil spirits.
Why These Entites Were Included
What is evil is often defined by what one believes. One religion’s gods become another religion’s demons. For many of the demons listed on this site, that is the case because my initial focus when creating this site was on Judeo-Christian concepts of evil.
(1) Is associated with the Judeo-Christian Devil (either with biblical writings, non-canonical writings, or Christian fictional works like Dante’s Inferno, John Milton’s Paradise Lost, or the many Faust Myths)
(2) Is included in a list of demons by a demonologist of the 14th -19th centuries (e.g. Pseudomonarchia daemonum (1583) or Dictionnaire Infernal (1863)) or is included in a magickal text (e.g. the Goetia)
(3) Is associated with Death or the Underworld
(4) Has destructive characteristics (ie kills, drinks blood, causes destruction for fun, etc)
(5) Is considered a “natural evil” or destructive force of nature
(6) Relates to the “trickster” archetype defined by CG Jung
This page is a work in progress.