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.
Common Questions About the Devil & Demonology Answered
What is Demonology?
How people think about evil changes as cultures change. Yet most cultures have some type of personification of evil. This lesson looks at what role demons and the Devil play in shaping our modern Western culture and how one might study demonology.
Why Do Evil & Suffering Exist?
What is evil? Is evil a fundamental part of human behavior? According to the philosophical “problem of evil,” if God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent, how can evil exist? This lesson explores these philosophical questions.
What is Apocalypticism?
The concept of the Devil, that is personified evil, evolved from about 200 BCE at a time when Apocalyptic Judaism was becoming popular. In this lesson, we look at both the characteristics of an apocalyptic worldview and literature within the apocalyptic genre.
How To Study Religion?
This site takes a historical critical approach to the study of religion rather than a theological one. This means that we approach the texts and materials from the presupposition that you cannot understand a text without understanding its context.
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.
Some criteria I used to decide whether to include an entity on this list include:
(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.
The name Abraxas was taken from abra-cadabra. He is presented on amulets with the head of a cock, dragon’s feet and a whip in his hand.
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.
Aguares, the 2nd spirit, is a duke who appears as a man riding a crocodile.
In ancient Persian religion (Zoroastrianism), Ahriman (aka Arimanius or Angra Mainya) stood high in the ranks of the enemies who opposed Ahura Mazda.
Aim, the 23rd spirit, is a duke who appears as a handsome man with three heads.
An alastor is a tormenting spirit or a Nemesis.
Alocer, the 52nd spirit, is a great duke who appears as a soldier riding a horse.
Amduscias, the 67th spirit, is a great duke. His true form is as a unicorn, but appears as human form when summoned.
Amon, the 70th spirit, can appear in the form of a wolf with a serpent’s tail and vomiting flames.
Amy, the 58th spirit, is a President and appears in the form of flaming fire.
Andras, the 63rd spirit, is a great Marquis and has the body of an angel and the head of an owl.