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.
Many religious traditions believe that humans can be controlled by demonic forces. The symptoms of demon possession are often described as a dramatic change in personality, amnesia, or sudden illness or injury inflicted on the possessed. Read articles about demon possession below.
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.
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.
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.