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PostSubject: Demonology   Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:01 am

Before I get into the topic of Demonology, I'd like to say that even though I find the topic interesting and enjoy learning about it out of sheer interest and also because I like have an extensive list of information just in case it is ever needed, I have never (and never intend to) meddle. Demonology is a very dangerous subject, and it is not recommended whatsoever to get involved. For more information on this and why, read Al Tyas's article here. According to the Catholic Church, you are chosen by God to become a demonologist.

Demonology:
"Adaemonibus docetur, de daemonibus docet, et ad daemonibus ducit."
"It is taught by the demons, it teaches about the demons, and it leads to the demons."
- St. Albertus Magnus

Christian demonology is the study of demons from a Christian point of view, and is primarily based on the Bible (Old and New Testaments), the exegesis of these scriptures, and scriptures of early Christian philosophers and hermits, tradition, and legends from other beliefs. The term comes from the Hebrew word "nephilim" which translates as "giants." "Nephilim," a plural, which in itself derives from the root word "naphal" which means to fall. The apocryphal Book of Enoch explains that a group of rebellious angels "left their first estate" (Heaven or the sky) and came down (fell) to Earth to marry human women and have children with them. Jude mentions this in the New Testament.

Jude 1:6
"And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."

According to Christian teaching, a demon is an evil spirit, and can either be a fallen angel or the spirit of a condemned human, and its intention is to mislead mankind into sin using every guile imaginable.

In 1589, Peter Binsfeld paired each of the deadly sins with a demon, who tempted people by means of the associated sin:

  • Asmodeus - Lust
  • Beelzebub - Gluttony
  • Mammon - Greed
  • Belphegor - Sloth
  • Satan - Wrath
  • Leviathan - Envy
  • Lucifer - Pride

There are also other demons who invoke sin, such as Lillith and her offspring, the incubi and succubi.

The Testament of Solomon was written between the 1-4 centuries C.E. in Solomon's voice, and tells of the building of the Temple and of the binding of numerous demons to perform menial labor. Several of these demons aren't attested to in other sources. The Testament of Solomon tells of how Solomon fell in love with a Jebusaean woman, and desired her for a wife. He was told by the priests of Moloch that he could not have her unless he sacrificed five grasshoppers to Moloch in a moment of weakness. He did so and fell away from God, becoming "the sport of idols and demons." One of dozens of texts that characterize Solomon as an arch magician. The Qur'an also refers to the tradition that Solomon built the Temple with the assistance of bound demons.

Pseudomonarchia Daemonum by Johann Weyer (1563) says that Solomon wrote a book of conjurations, and "mingled there withal all the holy names of God." I will post more about Solomon's Key (his book of conjurations) at a later time, it is very extensive.
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