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These are those who were sent and you received them not, and
this I have against you! You left your first estate and defiled my people. And by these words you shall know me and know Him who has sent me, for it is on His
word I stand and in His name I come.
That His will might be made manifest in the fullness of time
and according to His choice. You who left your place and took hold on Mt.Armon,
known as Mt. Hermon, the place of the curse. This I have against you: sorcery, the invocation of incantations,
the dividing of roots and trees.
You, whom my servant and friend Enoch has bound in chains; those
who seek after signs, shall no sign be given. Those entombed under the pyramids
and in the depths of space; those who caused the fall of man, there is no salvation for you but utter damnation.
I know your names and have written them in the little book. The book I sealed and placed inside my servant until the time of the end. When you left your first place, did you not consider my servant and his warning to you?
You, who stand the heights of three hundred cubits and destroy
the land and inhabitants therein. You, who are cursed with a curse stand ready
at the gates and howl for the Euphrates is soon opened and you will have a little time to
But touch not my anointed ones who preach in the width and breadth
of the land. Their time is not yet appointed.
You, I call: Semihazah,Turiel,
Ananel, Yomiel, Zeqiel, Artqoph, Bamtel, Kakabel, Ramel, Danieal, Baraqel, Asael, Hermoni, Yomiel, Tummiel, Yhaddiel, Matarel,
Stuiel, Samyaza, Urakabarameel, Akibeel, Tamiel, Ramuel, Danel, Azkeel, Saraknyal, Asael, Armers, Batraal, Anane, Zavebe,Yomyael,
the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath
God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of
it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely
die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be
as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food,
and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat,
and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they
knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8 And they heard
the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence
of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and
said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because
I was naked; and I hid myself.
11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast
naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man
said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the LORD
God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent,
Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou
go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman,
and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly
multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband,
and he shall rule over thee.
unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded
thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of
thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou
shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto
the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
WHAT IS A DEMON?
The KJV New Testament Greek Lexicon
1. a god, a goddess
2. an inferior deity, whether good or bad
3. in the NT, an evil spirit
4. a spirit, a being inferior to God, superior to men
5. evil spirits or the messengers and ministers of the devil
KJV Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon
1. he-goat, buck
2. as sacrificial animal
3. satyr, may refer to a demon possessed goat like the swine of Gadara
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God
came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. 7 And the LORD said unto Satan,
Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down
in it. 8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him
in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 9 Then Satan answered
the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his
house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in
the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth
thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
WHAT IS A DEMON?
1 a : an evil spirit b : a source or agent of evil, harm,
distress, or ruin
2 usually daemon : an attendant power or spirit
3 usually daemon : a supernatural being of Greek mythology
intermediate between gods and men
was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And
when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said,
If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every
word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And
saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning
thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said unto
him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the
Lord thy God. 8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the
world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship
me. 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou
shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and
ministered unto him.
- Acts 19:13-20
13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them
which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14 And there were
seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus
I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them,
and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 And this was known to all the Jews
and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 18 And
many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. 19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought
their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces
of silver. 20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
WHAT IS A DEMON?
Strong's Greek Lexicon
pneuma pnyoo'-mah; a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or
figuratively, a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman)
an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit:--ghost, life, spirit(-ual, -ually), mind.
17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have
brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; 18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples
that they should cast him out; and they could not. 19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway
the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. 21 And he asked his father,
How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a
child. 22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou
canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. 23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And
straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked
the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee,
come out of him, and enter no more into him. 26 And the spirit cried,
and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing,
but by prayer and fasting.
1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country
of the Gadarenes. 2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a
man with an unclean spirit, 3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not
with chains: 4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked
asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. 5 And always, night and
day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 6 But when he
saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to
do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. 8 For
he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. 9 And he asked him, What is thy name?
And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. 10 And
he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. 11 Now there was there nigh unto
the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the
swine, that we may enter into them. 13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went
out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;)
and were choked in the sea. 14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country.
And they went out to see what it was that was done. 15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed
with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 16 And
they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. 17 And
they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. 18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had
been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. 19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not,
but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the
Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. 20 And he departed,
and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.
2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and
infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
- Mark 1:23-28
23 And there was in their synagogue
a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 Saying,
Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art,
the Holy One of God. 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold
thy peace, and come out of him. 26 And when the unclean spirit had torn
him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned
among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean
spirits, and they do obey him. 28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round
Now that we have provided a strong, supportive scriptural foundation, which should
be the basis of any Christian teaching, let us press forward.
We will explain the beginnings of demonology and the dark elements that surround it.
I would again remind you that once you stare into the abyss, you must be prepared for the abyss to stare back. If you
are not spiritally grounded and covered in the full armor of Christ; if this is not your calling, I would advise you to turn
to other pages on our website and disregard this one.
For those of you who have been called to spiritual warfare, this is an indepth study
of demons: how they came about, how they affect us, and how God will deal with these demons.
RITE FOR EXORCISM
General Rules| Rite For Exorcism | Exorcism of Satan &
A priest, one who is expressly and particularly authorized by the Ordinary, when he intends to perform an exorcism over persons
tormented by the devil, must be properly distinguished for his piety, prudence, and integrity of life. He should fulfill this
devout undertaking in all constancy and humility, being utterly immune to any striving for human aggrandizement, and relying,
not on his own, but on the divine power. Moreover, he ought to be of mature years, and revered not alone for his office but
for his moral qualities.
In order to exercise his ministry rightly, he should resort to a great deal more study of the matter (which has to be passed
over here for the sake of brevity), by examining approved authors and cases from experience; on the other hand, let him carefully
observe the few more important points enumerated here.
Especially, he should not believe too readily that a person is possessed by an evil spirit; but he ought to ascertain the
signs by which a person possessed can be distinguished from one who is suffering from some illness, especially one of a psychological
nature. Signs of possession may be the following: ability to speak with some facility in a strange tongue or to understand
it when spoken by another; the faculty of divulging future and hidden events; display of powers which are beyond the subject's
age and natural condition; and various other indications which, when taken together as a whole, build up the evidence.
In order to understand these matters better, let him inquire of the person possessed, following one or the other act of exorcism,
what the latter experienced in his body or soul while the exorcism was being performed, and to learn also what particular
words in the form had a more intimidating effect upon the devil, so that hereafter these words may be employed with greater
stress and frequency.
He will be on his guard against the arts and subterfuges which the evil spirits are wont to use in deceiving the exorcist.
For oft times they give deceptive answers and make it difficult to understand them, so that the exorcist might tire and give
up, or so it might appear that the afflicted one is in no wise possessed by the devil.
Once in a while, after they are already recognized, they conceal themselves and leave the body practically free from every
molestation, so that the victim believes himself completely delivered. Yet the exorcist may not desist until he sees the signs
At times, moreover, the evil spirits place whatever obstacles they can in the way, so that the patient may not submit to exorcism,
or they try to convince him that his affliction is a natural one. Meanwhile, during the exorcism, they cause him to fall asleep,
and dangle some illusion before him, while they seclude themselves, so that the afflicted one appears to be freed.
Some reveal a crime which has been committed and the perpetrators thereof, as well as the means of putting an end to it. Yet
the afflicted person must beware of having recourse on this account to sorcerers or necromancers or to any parties except
the ministers of the Church, or of making use of any superstitious or forbidden practice.
Sometimes the devil will leave the possessed person in peace and even allow him to receive the holy Eucharist, to make it
appear that he has departed. In fact, the arts and frauds of the evil one for deceiving a man are innumerable. For this reason
the exorcist must be on his guard not to fall into this trap.
Therefore, he will be mindful of the words of our Lord (Mt 17.20), to the effect that there is a certain type of evil spirit
who cannot be driven out except by prayer and fasting. Therefore let him avail himself of these two means above all for imploring
the divine assistance in expelling demons, after the example of the holy fathers; and not only himself, but let him induce
others, as far as possible, to do the same.
If it can be done conveniently the possessed person should be led to church or to some other sacred and worthy place, where
the exorcism will be held, away from the crowd. But if the person is ill, or for any valid reason, the exorcism may take place
in a private home.
The subject, if in good mental and physical health, should be exhorted to implore God's help, to fast, and to fortify himself
by frequent reception of penance and holy communion, at the discretion of the priest. And in the course of the exorcism he
should be fully recollected, with his intention fixed on God, whom he should entreat with firm faith and in all humility.
And if he is all the more grievously tormented, he ought to bear this patiently, never doubting the divine assistance.
He ought to have a crucifix at hand or somewhere in sight. If relics of the saints are available, they are to be applied in
a reverent way to the breast or the head of the person possessed (the relics must be properly and securely encased and covered).
One will see to it that these sacred objects are not treated improperly or that no injury is done them by the evil spirit.
However, one should not hold the holy Eucharist over the head of the person or in any way apply it to his body, owing to the
danger of desecration.
The exorcist must not digress into senseless prattle nor ask superfluous questions or such as are prompted by curiosity, particularly
if they pertain to future and hidden matters, all of which have nothing to do with his office. Instead, he will bid the unclean
spirit keep silence and answer only when asked. Neither ought he to give any credence to the devil if the latter maintains
that he is the spirit of some saint or of a deceased party, or even claims to be a good angel.
But necessary questions are, for example: the number and name of the spirits inhabiting the patient, the time when they entered
into him, the cause thereof, and the like. As for all jesting, laughing, and nonsense on the part of the evil spirit--the
exorcist should prevent it or condemn it, and he will exhort the bystanders (whose number must be very limited) to pay no
attention to such goings on; neither are they to put any question to the subject. Rather they should intercede for him to
God in all humility and urgency.
Let the priest pronounce the exorcism in a commanding and authoritative voice, and at the same time with great confidence,
humility, and fervor; and when he sees that the spirit is sorely vexed, then he oppresses and threatens all the more. If he
notices that the person afflicted is experiencing a disturbance in some part of his body or an acute pain or a swelling appears
in some part, he traces the sign of the cross over that place and sprinkles it with holy water, which he must have at hand
for this purpose.
He will pay attention as to what words in particular cause the evil spirits to tremble, repeating them the more frequently.
And when he comes to a threatening expression, he recurs to it again and again, always increasing the punishment. If he perceives
that he is making progress, let him persist for two, three, four hours, and longer if he can, until victory is attained.
The exorcist should guard against giving or recommending any medicine to the patient, but should leave this care to physicians.
While performing the exorcism over a woman, he ought always to have assisting him several women of good repute, who will hold
on to the person when she is harassed by the evil spirit. These assistants ought if possible to be close relatives of the
subject and for the sake of decency the exorcist will avoid saying or doing anything which might prove an occasion of evil
thoughts to himself or to the others.
During the exorcism he shall preferably employ words from Holy Writ, rather than forms of his own or of someone else. He shall,
moreover, command the devil to tell whether he is detained in that body by necromancy, by evil signs or amulets; and if the
one possessed has taken the latter by mouth, he should be made to vomit them; if he has them concealed on his person, he should
expose them; and when discovered they must be burned. Moreover, the person should be exhorted to reveal all his temptations
to the exorcist.
Finally, after the possessed one has been freed, let him be admonished to guard himself carefully against falling into sin,
so as to afford no opportunity to the evil spirit of returning, lest the last state of that man become worse than the former.
RITE FOR EXORCISM
1. The priest delegated by the Ordinary to perform
this office should first go to confession or at least elicit an act of contrition, and, if convenient, offer the holy Sacrifice
of the Mass, and implore God's help in other fervent prayers. He vests in surplice and purple stole. Having before him the
person possessed (who should be bound if there is any danger), he traces the sign of the cross over him, over himself, and
the bystanders, and then sprinkles all of them with holy water. After this he kneels and says the Litany of the Saints, exclusive
of the prayers which follow it. All present are to make the responses. At the end of the litany he adds the following:
· Antiphon: Do not keep in mind, O Lord, our offenses or those of our parents,
nor take vengeance on our sins. Our Father (the rest inaudibly until:)
· P: And lead us not into temptation.
· All: But deliver us from evil.
After the psalm the priest continues:
· P: Save Your servant.
· All: Who trusts in You, my God.
· P: Let him (her) find in You, Lord, a fortified tower.
· All: In the face of the enemy.
· P: Let the enemy have no power over him (her).
· All: And the son of iniquity be powerless to harm him (her).Lord, send him
(her) aid from Your holy place.
· All: And watch over him (her) from Sion.
· P: Lord, heed my prayer.
· All: And let my cry be heard by You.
· P: The Lord be with you.
· All: May He also be with you.
Let us pray.
God, whose nature is ever merciful
and forgiving, accept our prayer that this servant of yours, bound by the fetters of sin, may be pardoned by Your loving kindness.
Holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God and
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who once and for all consigned that fallen and apostate tyrant to the flames of hell, who
sent Your only- begotten Son into the world to crush that roaring lion; hasten to our call for help and snatch from ruination
and from the clutches of the noonday devil this human being made in Your image and likeness. Strike terror, Lord, into the
beast now laying waste Your vineyard. Fill Your servants with courage to fight manfully against that reprobate dragon, lest
he despise those who put their trust in You, and say with Pharaoh of old: "I know not God, nor will I set Israel
free." Let Your mighty hand cast him out of Your servant, N., so he may no longer hold captive this person whom it pleased
You to make in Your image, and to redeem through Your Son; who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever.
2. Then he commands the demon as follows:
I command you, unclean spirit, whoever you are,
along with all your minions now attacking this servant of God, by the mysteries of the incarnation, passion, resurrection,
and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, by the descent of the Holy Spirit, by the coming of our Lord for judgment, that you
tell me by some sign your name, and the day and hour of your departure. I command you, moveover, to obey me to the letter,
I who am a minister of God despite my unworthiness; nor shall you be emboldened to harm in any way this creature of God, or
the bystanders, or any of their possessions.
3. Next he reads over the possessed person these
selections from the Gospel, or at least one of them.
A Lesson from the holy Gospel according to St. John
As he says these opening words he signs himself
and the possessed on the brow, lips, and breast.
beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things
were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended
it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that
all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light,
which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world
knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he
power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will
of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh,
and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
A Lesson from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark
At that time Jesus said to His disciples: "Go into
the whole world and preach the Gospel to all creation. He that believes and is baptized will be saved; he that does not believe
will be condemned. And in the way of proofs of their claims, the following will accompany those who believe: in my name they
will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will take up serpents in their hands, and if they drink something
deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and these will recover."
A Lesson from the holy Gospel according to St. Luke
At that time the seventy-two returned in high spirits.
"Master," they said, "even the demons are subject to us because we use your name!" "Yes," He said to them, "I was watching
Satan fall like lightning that flashes from heaven. But mind: it is I that have given you the power to tread upon serpents
and scorpions, and break the dominion of the enemy everywhere; nothing at all can injure you. Just the same, do not rejoice
in the fact that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice in the fact that your names are engraved in heaven."
A Lesson from the holy Gospel according to St. Luke
At that time Jesus was driving out a demon, and
this particular demon was dumb. The demon was driven out, the dumb man spoke, and the crowds were enraptured. But some among
the people remarked: "He is a tool of Beelzebul, and that is how he drives out demons!" Another group, intending to test Him,
demanded of Him a proof of His claims, to be shown in the sky. He knew their inmost thoughts. "Any kingdom torn by civil strife,"
He said to them, "is laid in ruins; and house tumbles upon house. So, too, if Satan is in revolt against himself, how can
his kingdom last, since you say that I drive out demons as a tool of Beelzebul. And furthermore: if I drive out demons as
a tool of Beelzebul, whose tools are your pupils when they do the driving out? Therefore, judged by them, you must stand condemned.
But, if, on the contrary, I drive out demons by the finger of God, then, evidently the kingdom of God has by this time made its way
to you. As long as a mighty lord in full armor guards his premises, he is in peaceful possession of his property; but should
one mightier than he attack and overcome him, he will strip him of his armor, on which he had relied, and distribute the spoils
taken from him."
· P: Lord, heed my prayer.
· All: And let my cry be heard by You.
· P: The Lord be with you.
· All: May He also be with you.
Let us pray.
Almighty Lord, Word of God the
Father, Jesus Christ, God and Lord of all creation; who gave to Your holy apostles the power to tramp underfoot serpents and
scorpions; who along with the other mandates to work miracles was pleased to grant them the authority to say: "Depart, you
devils!" and by whose might Satan was made to fall from heaven like lightning; I humbly call on Your holy name in fear and
trembling, asking that you grant me, Your unworthy servant, pardon for all my sins, steadfast faith, and the power--supported
by Your mighty arm--to confront with confidence and resolution this cruel demon. I ask this through You, Jesus Christ, our
Lord and God, who are coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire.
4. Next he makes the sign of the cross over himself
and the one possessed, places the end of the stole on the latter's neck, and, putting his right hand on the latter's head,
he says the following in accents filled with confidence and faith:
· P: See the cross of the Lord; begone, you hostile powers!
· All: The stem of David, the lion of Juda's tribe has conquered.
· P: Lord, heed my prayer.
· All: And let my cry be heard by You.
· P: The Lord be with you.
· All: May He also be with you.
Let us pray.
God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, I appeal to Your holy name, humbly begging Your kindness, that You graciously grant me help against this and every
unclean spirit now tormenting this creature of yours; through Christ our Lord.
I cast you out, unclean spirit, along with every
satanic power of the enemy, every spectre from hell, and all your fell companions; in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ Begone
and stay far from this creature of God. For it is He who commands you, He who flung you headlong from the heights of heaven
into the depths of hell. It is He who commands you, He who once stilled the sea and the wind and the storm. Hearken, therefore,
and tremble in fear, Satan, you enemy of the faith, you foe of the human race, you begetter of death, you robber of life,
you corrupter of justice, you root of all evil and vice? seducer of men, betrayer of the nations, instigator of envy, font
of avarice, fomentor of discord, author of pain and sorrow. Why, then, do you stand and resist, knowing as you must that Christ
the Lord brings your plans to nothing? Fear Him, who in Isaac was offered in sacrifice, in Joseph sold into bondage, slain
as the paschal lamb, crucified as man, yet triumphed over the powers of hell. (The three signs of the cross which follow are
traced on the brow of the possessed person). Begone, then, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Give place to the Holy Spirit by this sign of the holy cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with the Father
and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.
· P: Lord, heed my prayer.
· All: And let my cry be heard by You.
· P: The Lord be with you.
· All: May He also be with you.
Let us pray.
God, Creator and defender of the
human race, who made man in Your own image, look down in pity on this Your servant, N., now in the toils of the unclean spirit,
now caught up in the fearsome threats of man's ancient enemy, sworn foe of our race, who befuddles and stupefies the human
mind, throws it into terror, overwhelms it with fear and panic. Repel, O Lord, the devil's power, break asunder his snares
and traps, put the unholy tempter to flight. By the sign (on the brow) of Your name, let Your servant be protected in mind
and body. (The three crosses which follow are traced on the breast of the possessed person). Keep watch over the inmost recesses
of his (her) heart; rule over his (her) emotions; strengthen his (her) will. Let vanish from his (her) soul the temptings
of the mighty adversary. Graciously grant, O Lord, as we call on Your holy name, that the evil spirit, who hitherto terrorized
over us, may himself retreat in terror and defeat, so that this servant of yours may sincerely and steadfastly render you
the service which is Your due; through Christ our Lord.
I adjure you, ancient serpent, by the judge of the
living and the dead, by Your Creator, by the Creator of the whole universe, by Him who has the power to consign you to hell,
to depart forthwith in fear, along with your savage minions, from this servant of God, N., who seeks refuge in the fold of
the Church. I adjure you again, (on the brow) not by my weakness but by the might of the Holy Spirit, to depart from this
servant of God, N., whom almighty God has made in His image. Yield, therefore, yield not to my own person but to the minister
of Christ. For it is the power of Christ that compels you, who brought you low by His cross. Tremble before that mighty arm
that broke asunder the dark prison walls and led souls forth to light. May the trembling that afflicts this human frame, (on
the breast) the fear that afflicts this image (on the brow) of God, descend on you. Make no resistance nor delay in departing
from this man, for it has pleased Christ to dwell in man. Do not think of despising my command because you know me to be a
great sinner. It is God Himself who commands you; the majestic Christ who commands you. God the Father commands you; God the
Son commands you; God the Holy Spirit commands you. The mystery of the cross commands you. The faith of the holy apostles
Peter and Paul and of all the saints commands you. The blood of the martyrs commands you. The continence of the confessors
commands you. The devout prayers of all holy men and women command you. The saving mysteries of our Christian faith command
Depart, then, transgressor. Depart, seducer, full
of lies and cunning, foe of virtue, persecutor of the innocent. Give place, abominable creature, give way, you monster, give
way to Christ, in whom you found none of your works. For He has already stripped you of your powers and laid waste your kingdom,
bound you prisoner and plundered your weapons. He has cast you forth into the outer darkness, where everlasting ruin awaits
you and your abettors. To what purpose do you insolently resist? To what purpose do you brazenly refuse? For you are guilty
before almighty God, whose laws you have transgressed. You are guilty before His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, whom you presumed
to tempt, whom you dared to nail to the cross. You are guilty before the whole human race, to whom you proferred by your enticements
the poisoned cup of death.
Therefore, I adjure you, profligate dragon, in the
name of the spotless Lamb, who has trodden down the asp and the basilisk, and overcome the lion and the dragon, to depart
from this man (woman) (on the brow), to depart from the Church of God (signing the bystanders). Tremble and flee, as we call
on the name of the Lord, before whom the denizens of hell cower, to whom the heavenly Virtues and Powers and Dominations are
subject, whom the Cherubim and Seraphim praise with unending cries as they sing: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth. The
Word made flesh commands you; the Virgin's Son commands you; Jesus of Nazareth commands you, who once, when you despised His
disciples, forced you to flee in shameful defeat from a man; and when He had cast you out you did not even dare, except by
His leave, to enter into a herd of swine. And now as I adjure you in His name, begone from this man (woman) who is His creature.
It is futile to resist His will. It is hard for you to kick against the goad. The longer you delay, the heavier your punishment
shall be; for it is not men you are condemning, but rather Him who rules the living and the dead, who is coming to judge both
the living and the dead and the world by fire.
· P: Lord, heed my prayer.
· All: And let my cry be heard by You.
· P: The Lord be with you.
· All: May He also be with you.
Let us pray.
God of heaven and earth, God of
the angels and archangels, God of the prophets and apostles, God of the martyrs and virgins, God who have power to bestow
life after death and rest after toil; for there is no other God than you, nor can there be another true God beside you, the
Creator of heaven and earth, who are truly a King, whose kingdom is without end; I humbly entreat your glorious majesty to
deliver this servant of yours from the unclean spirits; through Christ our Lord.
Therefore, I adjure you every unclean spirit, every
spectre from hell, every satanic power, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who was led into the desert after His baptism
by John to vanquish you in your citadel, to cease your assaults against the creature whom He has formed from the slime of
the earth for His own honor and glory; to quail before wretched man, seeing in him the image of almighty God, rather than
his state of human frailty. Yield then to God, who by His servant, Moses, cast you and your malice, in the person of Pharaoh
and his army, into the depths of the sea. Yield to God, who, by the singing of holy canticles on the part of David, His faithful
servant, banished you from the heart of King Saul. Yield to God, who condemned you in the person of Judas Iscariot, the traitor.
For He now flails you with His divine scourges, He in whose sight you and your legions once cried out: "What have we to do
with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Have you come to torture us before the time?" Now He is driving you back into the
everlasting fire, He who at the end of time will say to the wicked: "Depart from me, you accursed, into the everlasting fire
which has been prepared for the devil and his angels." For you, O evil one, and for your followers there will be worms that
never die. An unquenchable fire stands ready for you and for your minions, you prince of accursed murderers, father of lechery,
instigator of sacrileges, model of vileness, promoter of heresies, inventor of every obscenity.
Depart, then, impious one, depart, accursed one,
depart with all your deceits, for God has willed that man should be His temple. Why do you still linger here? Give honor to
God the Father almighty, before whom every knee must bow. Give place to the Lord Jesus Christ, who shed His most precious
blood for man. Give place to the Holy Spirit, who by His blessed apostle Peter openly struck you down in the person of Simon
Magus; who cursed your lies in Annas and Saphira; who smote you in King Herod because he had not given honor to God; who by
His apostle Paul afflicted you with the night of blindness in the magician Elyma, and by the mouth of the same apostle bade
you to go out of Pythonissa, the soothsayer. Begone, now! Begone, seducer! Your place is in solitude; your abode is in the
nest of serpents; get down and crawl with them. This matter brooks no delay; for see, the Lord, the ruler comes quickly, kindling
fire before Him, and it will run on ahead of Him and encompass His enemies in flames. You might delude man, but God you cannot
mock. It is He who casts you out, from whose sight nothing is hidden. It is He who repels you, to whose might all things are
subject. It is He who expels you, He who has prepared everlasting hellfire for you and your angels, from whose mouth shall
come a sharp sword, who is coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire.
5. All the above may be repeated as long as necessary,
until the one possessed has been fully freed.
6. It will also help to say devoutly and often over
the afflicted person the Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Creed, as well as any of the prayers given below.
7. The Canticle of our Lady, with the doxology;
the Canticle of Zachary, with the doxology.
· P: Whoever wills to be saved must before all else hold fast to the Catholic
· All: Unless one keeps this faith whole and untarnished, without doubt
he will perish forever.
· P: Now this is the Catholic faith: that we worship one God in Trinity,
and Trinity in unity;
· All: Neither confusing the Persons one with the other, nor making a
distinction in their nature.
· P: For the Father is a distinct Person; and so is the Son, and so is
the Holy Spirit.
· All: Yet the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit possess one Godhead, co-equal
glory, co-eternal majesty.
· P: As the Father is, so is the Son, so also is the Holy Spirit.
· All: The Father is uncreated, the Son is uncreated, the Holy Spirit
· P: The Father is infinite, the Son is infinite, the Holy Spirit is infinite.
· All: The Father is eternal, the Son is eternal, the Holy Spirit is eternal.
· P: Yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal God.
· All: Even as they are not three uncreated, or three infinites, but one
uncreated and one infinite God.
· P: So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son is almighty, the Holy
Spirit is almighty.
· All: Yet they are not three almighties, but they are the one Almighty.
· P: Thus the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God.
· All: Yet they are not three gods, but one God.
· P: Thus the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, the Holy Spirit is Lord.
· All: Yet there are not three lords, but one Lord.
· P: For just as Christian truth compels us to profess that each Person
is individually God and Lord, so does the Catholic religion forbid us to hold that there are three gods or lords.
· All: The Father was not made by any power; He was neither created nor
· P: The Son is from the Father alone, neither created nor made, but begotten.
· All: The Holy Spirit is from the Father and the Son, neither made nor
created nor begotten, but He proceeds.
· P: So there is one Father, not three; one Son, not three; one Holy Spirit,
· All: And in this Trinity one Person is not earlier or later, nor is
one greater or less; but all three Persons are co-eternal and co-equal.
· P: In every way, then, as already affirmed, unity in Trinity and Trinity
in unity is to be worshipped.
· All: Whoever, then, wills to be saved must assent to this doctrine of
the Blessed Trinity.
· P: But it is necessary for everlasting salvation that one also firmly
believe in the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
· All: True faith, then, requires us to believe and profess that our Lord
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is both God and man.
· P: He is God, begotten of the substance of the Father from eternity;
He is man, born in time of the substance of His Mother.
· All: He is perfect God, and perfect man subsisting in a rational soul
and a human body.
· P: He is equal to the Father in His divine nature, but less than the
Father in His human nature as such.
· All: And though He is God and man, yet He is the one Christ, not two;
· P: One, however, not by any change of divinity into flesh, but by the
act of God assuming a human nature. All: He is one only, not by a mixture of substance, but by the oneness of His Person.
· P: For, somewhat as the rational soul and the body compose one man,
so Christ is one Person who is both God and man;
· All: Who suffered for our salvation, who descended into hell, who rose
again the third day from the dead;
· P: Who ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father
almighty, from there He shall come to judge both the living and the dead.
· All: At His coming all men shall rise again in their bodies, and shall
give an account of their works.
· P: And those who have done good shall enter into everlasting life, but
those who have done evil into ever lasting fire.
· All: All this is Catholic faith, and unless one believes it truly and
firmly one cannot be saved.
· P: Glory be to the Father
· All: As it was in the beginning.
Here follow a large number of psalms which may be
used at the exorcist's discretion but are not a necessary part of the rite. Some of them occur in other parts of the Ritual
and are so indicated; the others may be taken from the Psalter. Psalm 90; psalm 67; psalm 69; psalm 53; psalm 117; psalm 34;
psalm 30; psalm 21, psalm 3; psalm 10; psalm 12.
Prayer Following Deliverance
Almighty God, we beg You to keep the evil spirit
from further molesting this servant of yours, and to keep him far away, never to return. At your command, O Lord, may the
goodness and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, take possession of this man (woman). May we no longer fear any
evil since the Lord is with us; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.
EXORCISM OF SATAN AND THE FALLEN ANGELS
Whereas the preceding
rite of exorcism is designated for a particular person, the present one is for general use to combat the power of the evil
spirits over a community or locality.
The following exorcism
can be used by bishops, as well as by priests who have this authorization from their Ordinary.
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Prayer to St. Michael
St. Michael the Archangel, illustrious leader of the heavenly army, defend us in the battle against principalities and
powers, against the rulers of the world of darkness and the spirit of wickedness in high places. Come to the rescue of mankind,
whom God has made in His own image and likeness, and purchased from Satan's tyranny at so great a price. Holy Church venerates You as her patron and
guardian. The Lord has entrusted to you the task of leading the souls of the redeemed to heavenly blessedness. Entreat the
Lord of peace to cast Satan down under our feet, so as to keep him from further holding man captive and doing harm to the
Church. Carry our prayers up to God's throne, that the mercy of the Lord may quickly come and lay hold of the beast, the serpent
of old, Satan and his demons, casting him in chains into the abyss, so that he can no longer seduce the nations.
In the name of Jesus
Christ, our Lord and God, by the intercession of Mary, spotless Virgin and Mother of God, of St. Michael the Archangel, of
the blessed apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, and by the authority residing in our holy ministry, we steadfastly
proceed to combat the onslaught of the wily enemy.
· P: God arises; His enemies are scattered, and those
who hate Him flee before Him.
· All: As smoke is driven away, so are they driven;
as wax melts before the fire, so the wicked perish before God.
· P: See the cross of the Lord; begone, you hostile
· All: The stem of David, the lion of Juda's tribe has
· P: May your mercy, Lord, remain with us always.
· All: For we put our whole trust in You.
We cast you out, every
unclean spirit, every satanic power, every onslaught of the infernal adversary, every legion, every diabolical group and sect,
in the name and by the power of our Lord Jesus Christ. We command you, begone and fly far from the Church of God, from the souls made by God in
His image and redeemed by the precious blood of the divine Lamb. No longer dare, cunning serpent, to deceive the human race,
to persecute God's Church, to strike God's elect and to sift them as wheat. For the Most High God commands you, He to whom
you once proudly presumed yourself equal; He who wills all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth. God the Father
commands you. God the Son commands you. God the Holy Spirit commands you. Christ, the eternal Word of God made flesh, commands
you, who humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death, to save our race from the perdition wrought by your envy; who
founded His Church upon a firm rock, declaring that the gates of hell should never prevail against her, and that He would
remain with her all days, even to the end of the world. The sacred mystery of the cross commands you, along with the power
of all mysteries of Christian faith. The exalted Virgin Mary, Mother of God, commands you, who in her lowliness crushed your
proud head from the first moment of her Immaculate Conception.
The faith of the holy
apostles Peter and Paul and the other apostles commands you. The blood of martyrs and the devout prayers of all holy men and
women command you.
Therefore, accursed dragon
and every diabolical legion, we adjure you by the living God, by the true God, by the holy God, by God, who so loved the world
that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have everlasting life; to cease deluding
human creatures and filling them with the poison of everlasting damnation; to desist from harming the Church and hampering
Begone, Satan, father
and master of lies, enemy of man's welfare. Give place to Christ, in whom you found none of your works. Give way to the one,
holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, which Christ Himself purchased with His blood. Bow down before God's mighty hand, tremble
and flee as we call on the holy and awesome name of Jesus, before whom the denizens of hell cower, to whom the heavenly Virtues
and Powers and Dominations are subject, whom the Cherubim and Seraphim praise with unending cries as they sing: Holy, holy,
holy, Lord God of Sabaoth.
· P: Lord, heed my prayer.
· All: And let my cry be heard by You.
· P: The Lord be with you.
· All: May He also be with you.
Let us pray.
of heaven and earth, God of the angels and archangels, God of the patriarchs and prophets, God of the apostles and martyrs,
God of the confessors and virgin God who have power to bestow life after death and rest after toil; for there is no other
God than You, nor can there be another true God beside You, the Creator of all things visible and invisible, whose kingdom
is without end; we humbly entreat your glorious majesty to deliver us by Your might from every influence of the accursed spirits,
from their every evil snare and deception, and to keep us from all harm; through Christ our Lord.
· P: From the snares of the devil.
· All: Lord, deliver us.
· P: That You help your Church to serve You in security
· All: We beg You to hear us.
· P: That You humble the enemies of holy Church.
· All: We beg You to hear us.
The surroundings are
sprinkled with holy water.
THE RITE OF EXORCISM is of no effect and should not be attempted without the true name of
22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with
a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. 23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub
the prince of the devils. 25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and
said unto them, Every
kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they
shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom
of God is come unto you. 29 Or
else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will
spoil his house. 30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with
me scattereth abroad.
31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be
forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh
against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. 33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit
corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. 34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak
good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A
good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth
forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they
shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy
words thou shalt be condemned.
38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. 39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation
seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights
in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The
men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation,
and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. 42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and
shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater
than Solomon is here. 43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 44 Then he saith, I will return
into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven
other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the
first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking
rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. 25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. 26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other
spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the
heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And
have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If
they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put
him to an open shame.
UNLEASHING A GREAT DANGER
Rev. Dr. Ricardo E. Nuñez
all seen them in the supermarket check out. Those magazines called trash magazines,
rags or gossip columns. Most of us don’t take them seriously, but we have
all probably been guilty of reading the headlines while standing in line.
next evolution of the attack on the moral fiber of America was the trash talk shows such
as “Maury” and “The Jerry Springer Show”. These were
preceded by 1970’s black exploitation movies which focused on exaggerating issues in ethnic communities. They gave the outside world a very poor image of the African American and Latino communities. Men of color were displayed as pimps, thugs and drug dealers who took great pleasure in abusing women of
color, who of course, were raving sex maniacs. Somewhere along the line, that
image has transferred to our children as a positive one. We can connect that
barrage of negative images to the conditioning of African Americans and Latinos to accept negative terms and making them their
own. We now hear those words used as if positive.
Mentally we have accepted negative statements and things that are painful and turned them into a badge of honor. In doing so, we disrespect ourselves and those who came before us who fought and died
for our civil rights, respect, dignity and the struggle to fit into society.
now see a new evolution on an old form of ignorance. Not longer only on television
and in magazines, but now it has spread to low budget shortwave and talk radio. The
purveyors of hate have repackaged the rhetoric of Nazi Germany and apartheid into what is now being called Liberal Speak,
Conservativism and the Patriot Movement. We see blatant attacks on those of color
by those with a separatist agenda. And during the non-stop banter and racial
slurs during any radio segment, you can hear those who have little or no communication with people of African American or Latin American descent make broad sweeping judgments about our work ethic, our hygiene,
even what goes on in our bedrooms. They have figured out how to convey their
opinions in a way that makes people of color and their issues, whether real or embellished the reason for all the ills and
troubles in this country.
we simply look back in time, we find another orator of lies mesmerizing the feeble-minded with delusions of elitism. This weak-minded individual was none other then Adolf Hitler. There is little distinction in the propaganda from the pit of hell that oozed out of Hitler’s mouth
and what we hear from the so-called patriots and every other felonious title out there.
Hitler placed all the problems, including all of the dirt that the Nazi Party was doing, at the feet of immigrants,
more specifically the Jewish people.
is a reason that the rhetoric espoused in Europe a generation ago was brought to this country, repackaged and has resurfaced today. Not since the beginning of the recording of time, has man faced demons like we face today. The demons that have haunted and followed man through time have been mostly the demons of our mind. We take into consideration those things that scare us and that we can’t easily
understand and we demonize them. We demonize organizations, we demonize
people. However, this does not belie the existence of demonology: the study of true demons, entities and fallen spirits. I will
explore our main focus on the study of demons in further entries. We will look
at their effect on people and the effect that man has brought about on himself. And
we will examine the biggest threat to our co-existence; the demons within us: the
demons that we create, that we use to judge each other, to attack and tear each other down.
there are a second set of demons: the real ones.
The demons that affect the way principalities and governments are ruled. They affect the way we treat nations and the
people in those nations. They are the reason we go to war and why we have little
peace. And they affect the things that we fight over in those wars that we don’t
speak of. It’s not all about oil and money.
A lot of it is about artifacts and obtaining knowledge not meant for man, and using those artifacts in a way not meant
for man to know of.
are in a defiled state and everything we touch we defile. And until Jesus Christ
returns, we will continue to defile this earth and all that is in it. We are
on the precipice of unleashing a great danger. A danger that is internal to man
who knows no limit to the amount of evil he can fathom. And a danger that is
external and sealed up. This danger was not meant to be here, and is the very
embodiment of the evil, sealed-up demonic forces that we attempted to unleash at the tower Babel. This is the epitome of the very evil
that destroyed Mars.
WHAT IS EXORCISM?
Exorcism is mainly thought of as the rite of driving out the Devil and his demons
from possessed persons. Exorcism is mainly performed in incidences of demonic possession that is generally distinguished from
spiritual possession. A general assumption is that the Roman Catholic singularly practices the rite of exorcism, but some
Protestant denominations such as the Pentecostals and other charismatic groups practice it as well. These groups refer to
the practice as "deliverance ministry" where gifted people drive out devils and heal while they touch the persons with their
hands, called laying on of hands, and pray over them.
Technically, exorcism is not
driving out the Devil or a demon, but it is placing the Devil or demon on oath. And, in some incidences there may be more
than one demon possessing a person. "Exorcism" is derived from the Greek preposition ek with the verb horkizo
which means "I cause [someone] to swear" and refers to "putting the spirit or demon on oath," or invoking a higher authority
to bind the entity in order to control it and command it to act contrary to its own will.
In the Christian sense this
higher authority is Jesus Christ. This act is based on the belief that the Devil, his demons, and evil spirits are afraid
of Christ. The belief itself is based on Scripture. Coming from the sea of Galilee Christ
entered the land of the Gerasenes. He was immediately met by a man from the tombs cut into the mountains of the area. The
man was said to be possessed of an unclean spirit. Nothing could bind this man, not even chains. He lived in the mountains,
crying, and cutting himself with stones. But, so it is told, when seeing Christ approaching, the man went to him seeking help.
The unclean demon immediately recognized Christ, and Christ recognized the demon. Christ, then, summoned the spirit to leave
the man, and asked his name. "My name is Legion," answered the spirit, "for we are many." Once the demons left the man, Christ
sent them into a nearby heard of swine who then jumped in to the sea and drown. (Mark 5:1-13) Unlike other exorcists, it is
believed, that Christ did not exorcise because He did not need to call on a higher authority since He Himself was that higher
Now, not only did Christ exorcize
demons, or unclean spirits, but he gave the powers to his disciples. "...he gave the power against unclean spirits, to cast
them out, and to heal all manner of sickness, and all manner of disease." (Matt.10:1)
From these two Biblical passages
and others Catholics and Protestants alike believe they have the power to cast out the Devils and to heal. The Catholic Church
has a procedure out-lined rite of exorcism which is set forth in "The Rituale Romanum." Other than this text the ritual has
great variance determined by the exorcist performing the exorcism. The code of Cannon Law allows authorized ministers (the
exorcists) to perform solemn exorcisms not only over the faithful, but also over non-Catholics and those who have been excommunicated
from the Church.
During the ritual usually salt,
representing purity, and wine, representing the blood of Christ, is present. The victim is to hold a crucifix during the rite.
The exorcist is encouraged to use holy water and relics, usually pieces of bones from Saints, and recite Biblical scriptures
and other prayers.
The greatest danger to the
exorcist is becoming possessed by the Devil or demon himself. This is the reason why the exorcist must feel as free of sin
as possible and feel no secret need for punishment. Otherwise, the Devil or demon can easily entrap him. An example of this
is Father Jean-Joseph Surin, the Jesuit exorcist of Loudun, who became possessed while ministering to Sister Jeannes des Angest.
Surin was reared in a cloister, practiced severe self-denial during his early years as a priest, experienced severe muscle
pains, and had virtually cut himself off from all social contact which led him to come to the Sisters' Convent in poor health
and a confused state of mind. Unlike his fellow Jesuits he was thoroughly convinced Sister Jeanne and her companion Sisters
were truly possessed. Author Aldous Huxley in his "The Devils of Loudun" (1952) described Surin's mental state as one of "pathological
This is possibly the reason
that Malachi Martin, a former Jesuit professor, claimed in his book "Hostage to the Devil" (1976), that much of the success
of the exorcism depends upon the exorcist. He describes the type of priest best suited to be an exorcist as being a man of
good physical health, being of middle age, routinely going about his normal pastoral duties. He usually is not brilliant or
engaged in teaching or research. Although, Martin adds, there are exceptions to all these characteristics.
In his book Martin also describes
the setting where the exorcism takes place. It is usually in a location where there is a definite connection between the demon
and the victim, like the victim's bedroom or resident.
But, again, to Martin, the
most important thing is the exorcist's disposition and those of his assistants. Presently few exorcists choose to work alone.
Three other people usually assist the exorcist. One is a junior priest who has been trained in exorcism procedures. He monitors
the exorcism, helping the exorcist when possible not to be distracted by the possessive demon. Others can include a medical
physician and a family member. The most important thing of all is that the exorcist and his assistants be physically strong
and relatively guiltless. None must have any secret sins which the Devil or demon can use against them. In some incidences
the Devil or demons may shout out the sins of the exorcist or his assistants attempting to shame them and ruin the exorcism.
Although all exorcisms are
different in proceeding there are similar stages they follow. Martin describes these stages:
The Presence: The exorcist and his assistants become aware of an alien feeling
or entity. Attempts or actions of the evil spirit appear to be the victim's. The exorcist's first job is to break this Pretense
and find out whom the demon really is. Gaining the entity's name is most important.
Breakpoint: The moment when the Devil's Pretense finally collapses. This is
usually a moment of complete pandemonium. There evolves a scene of panic and confusion, accompanied by a crescendo of abuse,
horrible sights, noises, and odors. The Devil then turns on the victim, speaking of the person in the third person.
The Voice: Also a sign the Breakpoint, the Voice (of the demon) becomes "inordinately
disturbing and humanly distressing babble." The demon's voices must be silenced for the exorcism to proceed.
The Clash: As the Voices die out there is both a spiritual and physical pressure.
The demon has collided with the "will of the Kingdom." The exorcist is now in direct battle with the demon, urging the entity
to reveal more information about itself so it can be controlled. As previously mentioned, there is a connection between the
entity and the victim's resident. The entity wants a place to be in, or it must return to Hell. An existence out of Hell is
what the Devil or demon is fighting for.
Expulsion: In the supreme triumph of God's will, the demon or spirit leaves
in the name of Jesus. All present feel the Presence dissipates, occasionally with receding noises and voices. The victim may
remember the ordeal or may not recall anything that has happened.
The ritual of exorcism is more
cautiously employed by the Catholic Church at present than it once was. When reviewing the conditions for demonic possession
that were once listed one can easily see many of the symptoms are those of epilepsy, hysteria, schizophrenia, and other psychological
disorders. So priests are cautioned to be as certain as possible the person is truly demonically possessed before performing
In some incidences this precaution
may not be enough to guard an innocent person against the ritual. For example, Saint
Paul exorcized a slave girl who made much money for her masters by soothsaying. (Acts 16:16-18) Today,
occultists call such acts prophecy. Catholics are still forbidden to visit fortune tellers. Other religions such as Judaism,
Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Shinto and others have some form of exorcism rituals. One of the best known Judaic rituals, cited
in Judaism rabbinical literature dating from the first century AD, concerns the dybbuk, an evil or doomed spirit which
possesses a victim and causes mental illness and a personality change. The dybbuk is expelled through the victim's
small toe, and then is either redeemed or sent to hell.
In many Eastern religions spirits
and ghosts are blamed for many ills, and are cast out of people. However, such afflictions are not regarded as all-out battles
for the persons' souls. The typical Hindu exorcism practices consist of blowing cow-dung smoke, pressing rock salt between
the fingers, burning pig excreta, beating or pulling the victim's hair, reciting prayers or mantras, and offering gifts of
candy and other presents to get the evil or troublesome spirits to depart from the persons.
The ritual employed in Shamanism
is that the shaman enters a trace during which he attempts to discover the cause of the victim's trouble. Frequently the cause
is thought linked to a dead person. The shaman then is said to travel to the lowerworld to speak with this soul. He then knows
the cure of this victim's affliction, or may even bring back the soul to cure it.
All persons do not consider
the purpose of the ritual of exorcism as expelling the spirit as condemning it to hell as do the Christians. Some, including
occultists and Witches, do not consider the spirits demonic but at times become confuse and invade persons' bodies. The purpose
of this type of exorcism is to release the spirit. Then the spirit is free to journey onto its resting place or new life.
Witches frequently are asked to exorcise ghosts and other unwanted psychic energy that trouble persons.
Spirit exorcisms, as cures
of physical illnesses and solutions to other personal problems are common in Africa, Latin America, the Middle
East, the Orient, and among tribal cultures. A.G.H.
Guiley, Rosemary Ellen, The Encyclopedia
of Witches and Witchcraft, New York: Facts On File, 1989, "Demonic Exorcism," pp. 87-89
Guiley, Rosemary Ellen, Harper's Encyclopedia of Mystical and Paranormal Experience, New York:
HarperCollins, 1991, pp. 190-192
Shepard, Leslie A., ed., Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, 3rd ed., Detroit: Gale Research, Inc., 1991
The New Catholic Encyclopedia, New York, McGraw Hill, 1967
the Free Encyclopedia
In religion, folklore, and mythology a demon or demoness is a supernatural being that has generally
been described as a malevolent spirit, or daemon and djinn. A demon is frequently depicted as a force that may be conjured
and insecurely controlled. The "good" demon in recent use is largely a literary device (eg: Maxwell's demon). In common language,
"demonizing" one's opponent is an aspersion.
As the Iranian Avestan and Vedic traditions and also other branches of Indo-European
mythologies show, the notion of demon has existed for many centuries.
The Greek conception of a daemon (δαίμων)
appears in the works of Plato and many other ancient authors, but without the evil connotations which are apparent in the
Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Bible and in the Greek originals of the New Testament. The medieval and neo-medieval
conception of a "demon" in Western civilization derives seamlessly from the ambient popular culture of Late (Roman) Antiquity:
Greco-Roman concepts of daemons that passed into Christian culture are discussed in the entry daemon. The Hellenistic "Demon" eventually came to include many Semitic and Near Eastern gods as evaluated by Christianity.
In some present-day cultures, demons are still feared in popular superstition,
largely due to their alleged power to possess humans, and they are an important concept in many modern religions and occultist
In the contemporary Western occultist tradition (perhaps epitomized by the
work of Aleister Crowley) a demon, such as Choronzon, the "Demon of the Abyss", is a useful metaphor for certain inner psychological
processes, though some may also regard it as an objectively real phenomenon.
The idea of demons is as old as religion itself, and the word "demon" seems
to have ancient origins. The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives the etymology of the word as Greek daimon, probably from
the verb daiesthai meaning "to divide, distribute." The Proto-Indo-European root *deiwos for god, originally
an adjective meaning "celestial" or "bright, shining" has retained this meaning in many related Indo-European languages and
cultures (Sanskrit deva, Latin deus, German Tiw), but also provided another other common word for demon in Avestan daeva.
In modern greek, the word 'δαίμων', is the
greek word for demon. But, in ancient greek, the word "δαίμων" means somebody very clever.
Demons in the Hebrew Bible
Demons as described in the Tanakh are not the same as "demons" commonly
known in popular or Christian culture.
The demons mentioned in the Hebrew Bible are of two classes, the se'irim
and the shedim. The se'irim ("hairy beings"), to which some Israelites offered sacrifices in the open fields,
are satyr-like creatures, described as dancing in the wilderness (Isaiah xiii. 21, xxxiv. 14), and which are identical with
the jinn. Possibly to the same class belongs Azazel, the goat-like demon of the wilderness (Leviticus xvi. 10ff), probably
the chief of the se'irim, and Lilith (Isaiah xxxiv. 14). Possibly "the roes and hinds of the field", by which Shulamit
conjures the daughters of Jerusalem to bring her back to her lover (Canticles ii. 7, iii. 5), are faunlike spirits
similar to the se'irim, though of a harmless nature.
The "stones of the field" (Job v. 23), with which the righteous are said
to be in league, seem to be field-demons of the same nature. The wilderness as the home of demons was regarded as the place
whence such diseases as leprosy issued, and in cases of leprosy one of the birds set apart to be offered as an expiatory sacrifice
was released, that it might carry the disease back to the desert (Leviticus xiv. 7, 52).
The evil spirit that troubled Saul (I Samuel xvi. 14 et seq.) may have been
a demon, though the Masoretic text suggests the spirit was sent by God.
Some benevolent shedim were used in kabbalistic ceremonies (as with
the golem of Rabbi Yehuda Loevy), and malevolent shedim (mazikin, from the root meaning to wound) are often responsible
in instances of possesion. Instances of idol worship were often the result of a shed inhabiting an otherwise worthless
statue; the shed would pretend to be a god with the power to send pestilence, although such events were not actually under
from Chaldean Mythology
In Chaldean mythology the seven evil deities were known as shedu,
meaning storm-demons. They were represented in winged bull form, derived from the colossal bulls used as protective genii
of royal palaces, the name "shed" assumed also the meaning of a propitious genius in Babylonian magic literature (see Delitzsch,
Assyrisches Handwörterbuch. pp. 60, 253, 261, 646; Jensen, Assyr.-Babyl. Mythen und Epen, 1900, p. 453; Archibald
Sayce, l.c. pp. 441, 450, 463; Lenormant, l.c. pp. 48-51).
It was from Chaldea that the name "shedu"
came to the Israelites, and so the writers of the Tanach applied the word as a dylogism to the Canaanite deities in the two
passages quoted. But they also spoke of "the destroyer" (Exodus xii. 23) as a demon whose malignant effect upon the houses
of the Israelites was to be warded off by the blood of the paschal sacrifice sprinkled upon the lintel and the door-post (a
corresponding pagan talisman is mentioned in Isaiah lvii. 8). In II Samuel xxiv; 16 and II Chronicles xxi. 15 the pestilence-dealing
demon is called "the destroying angel" (compare "the angel of the Lord" in II Kings xix. 35; Isaiah xxxvii. 36), because,
although they are demons, these "evil messengers" (Psalms lxxviii. 49; A. V. "evil angels") do only the bidding of God; they
are the agents of His divine wrath.
There are indications that popular Hebrew mythology ascribed to the demons
a certain independence, a malevolent character of their own, because they are believed to come forth, not from the heavenly
abode of God, but from the nether world (compare Isaiah xxxviii. 11 with Job xiv. 13; Psalms xvi. 10, xlix. 16, cxxxix. 8).
Rabbinical demonology has three classes of, demons, though they are scarcely
separable one from another. There were the shedim, the mazziḳim ("harmers"), and the ruḥin ("evil spirits"). Besides these there were lilin ("night
spirits"), ṭelane ("shade", or "evening spirits"),
ṭiharire ("midday spirits"), and ẓafrire ("morning spirits"), as well as the "demons that bring famine"
and "such as cause storm and earthquake" (Targ. Yer. to Deuteronomy xxxii. 24 and Numbers vi. 24; Targ. to Cant. iii. 8, iv.
6; Eccl. ii. 5; Ps. xci. 5, 6.)
In the main, Hebrew demons were workers of harm. To them were ascribed the
various diseases, particularly such as affect the brain and the inner parts. Hence there was a fear of "Shabriri" (lit. "dazzling
glare"), the demon of blindness, who rests on uncovered water at night and strikes those with blindness who drink of it (Pesachim
112a; Avodah Zarah 12b); also mentioned were the spirit of catalepsy and the spirit of headache, the demon of epilepsy, and
the spirit of nightmare.
These demons were supposed to enter the body and cause the disease while
overwhelming or "seizing" the victim (hence "seizure").. To cure such diseases it was necessary to draw out the evil demons
by certain incantations and talismanic performances, in which the Essenes excelled. Josephus, who speaks of demons as "spirits
of the wicked which enter into men that are alive and kill them", but which can be driven out by a certain root (Bellum
Judaeorum vii. 6, § 3), witnessed such a performance in the presence of the Emperor Vespasian ("Antiquities" viii. 2,
§ 5), and ascribed its origin to King Solomon.
and Queen of Demons
In some rabbinic sources, the demons were believed to be under the dominion
of a king or chief, either Asmodai (Targ. to Eccl. i. 13; Pes. 110a; Yer. Shek. 49b) or, in the older Haggadah, Samael ("the
angel of death"), who kills by his deadly poison, and is called "chief of the devils". Occasionally a demon is called "satan":
"Stand not in the way of an ox when coming from the pasture, for Satan dances between his horns" (Pes. 112b; compare B. Ḳ. 21a).
The queen of demons is Lilith, pictured with wings and long flowing hair,
and called the "mother of Ahriman" (B. B. 73b; 'Er. 100b; Nid. 24b). "When Adam, doing penance for his sin, separated from
Eve for 130 years, he, by impure desire, caused the earth to be filled with demons, or shedim, lilin, and evil spirits" (Gen.
R. xx.; 'Er. 18b.)
Though the belief in demons was greatly encouraged and enlarged in Babylonia under the influence of Parsee notions, demonology never became an essential feature of Jewish
theology. The reality of demons was never questioned by the Talmudists and late rabbis; most accepted their existence as a
fact. Nor did most of the medieval thinkers question their reality. Only rationalists like Maimonides and Abraham ibn Ezra,
clearly denied their existence. Their point of view eventually became the mainstream Jewish understanding.
New Testament and Christianity
"Demon" has a number of meanings, all related to the idea of a spirit that
inhabited a place, or that accompanied a person. Whether such a daemon was benevolent or malevolent, the Greek word
meant something different from the later medieval notions of 'demon', and scholars debate the time in which first century
usage by Jews and Christians in its original Greek sense became transformed to the later medieval sense.
In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus casts out many demons, or evil spirits,
from those who are afflicted with various ailments (such as epileptic seizures). The imagery is very clear: Jesus is far superior
to the power of demons over the human beings that they inhabit, and he is able to free these human victims by commanding and
casting out the demons, by binding them, and forbidding them to return.
By way of contrast, in the book of Acts a group of Judaistic exorcists known
as the sons of Sceva try to cast out a very powerful spirit without believing in or knowing Jesus , but fail with disastrous
consequences. However Jesus himself never fails to vanquish a demon, no matter how powerful (see the account of the demon-possessed
man at Gerasim), and even defeats Satan in the wilderness (see Matthew).
There is a description in the Book of Revelation 12:7-17 of a battle
between God's army and Satan's followers, and their subsequent expulsion from Heaven to earth to persecute humans —
although this event is related as being foretold and taking place in the future. In Luke 10:18 it is mentioned that
a power granted by Jesus to control demons made Satan "fall like lightning from heaven."
Augustine of Hippo's reading of Plotinus, in The City of God (ch.11)
is ambiguous as to whether daemons had become 'demonized' by the early 5th century:
"He (Plotinus) also states that the blessed
are called in Greek eudaimones, because they are good souls, that is to say, good demons, confirming his opinion that
the souls of men are demons."—City of God, ch.
11.—Of the Opinion of the Platonists, that the Souls of Men Become Demons When Disembodied.
If Augustine meant 'demons' in the later, medieval sense, the passage would
savor of a rhetorical casuistry that is not characteristic of him.
The contemporary Roman Catholic Church unequivocally teaches that angels
and demons are real personal beings, not just symbolic devices. The Catholic Church has a cadre of officially sanctioned exorcists
which perform many exorcisms each year. The exorcists of the Catholic Church teach that demons attack humans continually but
that afflicted persons can be effectively healed and protected either by the formal rite of exorcism, authorized to be performed
only by bishops and those they designate, or by prayers of deliverance which any Christian can offer for themselves or others.
In contemporary religion, the skeptical observer can judge how closely
a belief in demons parallels the degree of authoritarianism of the sect in question.
Myth and Legend
Building upon the few references to daemons in the New Testament,
especially the visionary poetry of the Apocalypse of John, Christian writers of apocrypha from the 2nd century onwards created
a more complicated tapestry of beliefs about "demons" that was largely independent of Christian scripture.
According to Christian mythology, when God created angels, he offered them
the same choice he was to offer humanity: follow, or be cast apart from him. Some angels chose not to follow God, instead
choosing the path of evil. These are not the fallen angels, but are the pre-human entities known as demons. The fallen angels
are the host of angels who later rebelled against God, headed by Lucifer (who became known as Satan after his rebellion against
God). And later the 200 angels known as the Grigori, led by Semyazza, Azazel and other angelic chiefs, some of whom became
the demons that were conjured by King Solomon and imprisoned in the brass vessel, the Goetia demons, descended to Earth and
cohabited with the daughters of men.
According to popular tradition, the fall of Satan is portrayed in Ezekiel
28:12-19 and Isaiah 14:12-14. Christian mythology builds upon later Jewish traditions that Satan and his host declared war
with God, but that God's army, commanded by the archangel Michael, defeated the rebels. Their defeat was never in question,
since God is by nature omnipotent, but Michael was given the honor of victory in the natural order; thus the rise of Christian
veneration of the archangel Michael, beginning at Monte Gargano in 493, reflects the full incorporation of demons into Christianity.
God then cast his enemies from Heaven to the abyss, into a newly created prison called Hell (allusions to such a pit
are made in the Book of Revelation, as pits of sulphur and fire) where all his enemies should be sentenced to an eternal existence
of pain and misery. This pain is not all physical; for their crimes, these angels, now called demons, would be deprived of the sight of God (2 Thessalonians 1:9), this being the worst possible
An indefinite time later, when God created the earth and humans, Satan
and the other demons were allowed to tempt humans or induce them to sin by other means. The first time Satan did this was
in the earthly paradise or Garden of Eden to tempt Eve, who subsequently drew her husband Adam into her crime. Upon their
failure, as part of the punishment, the permission granted to Satan and his demons to tempt the first humans away from their
Creator will now last until the end of this age when Christ shall return for the battle of Armageddon. Satan and his host
will be confined and Christ shall reign and establish 1000 years of peace upon the earth. At the end of the 1000 years Satan
will again be unleashed for a final battle after which the earth shall be renewed by fire.
At various times in Christian history, attempts have been made to classify
these beings according to various proposed demonic hierarchies.
According to most Christian demonology demons will be eternally punished
and never reconciled with God. Other theories postulate a Universal reconciliation, in which Satan, the fallen angels, and
the souls of the dead that were condemned to Hell are reconciled with God. This doctrine is today often associated with the
Origen, Jerome and Gregory of Nyssa also mentioned this possibility before it was generally accepted that the fallen state
In contemporary Christianity, demons are generally considered to be angels
who fell from grace by rebelling against God. Some contest however that this view, championed by Origen, Augustine and John
Chrysostom, arose during the 6th century. Another theory that may have preceded or co-existed with the hypothesis of fallen
angels was that demons were ostracized from Heaven for the primary sin of mating with mortal women, giving rise to a race
of half-human giants known as the Nephilim.
There are still others who say that the sin of the angels was pride and
disobedience. It seems quite certain that these were the sins that caused Satan's downfall (Ezek. 28). If this be the true
view then we are to understand the words, "estate" or "principality" in Deuteronomy 32:8 and Jude 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.") as indicating that instead of being satisfied with the dignity once for all assigned to them
under the Son of God, they aspired higher.
Pre-Islamic mythology does not discriminate between gods and demons. The
jinn are considered as divinities of inferior rank, having many human attributes: they eat, drink, and procreate their kind,
sometimes in conjunction with human beings; in which latter case the offspring shares the natures of both parents. The jinn
smell and lick things, and have a liking for remnants of food. In eating they use the left hand. Usually they haunt waste
and deserted places, especially the thickets where wild beasts gather. Cemeteries and dirty places are also favorite abodes.
In appearing to man demons assume sometimes the forms of beasts and sometimes those of men; but they always have some animal
characteristic, such as a paw in place of a hand (Darimi, "Kitab al-Sunnah", ii. 213). Eccentric movements of the dust-whirlwind
("zawabi'") are taken to be the visible signs of a battle between two clans of jinn.
Generally jinn are peaceable and well disposed toward men. Many a pre-Islamic
poet was believed to have been inspired by good jinn; and Muhammad himself was accused by his adversaries of having been inspired
by jinn ("majnun"). But there are also evil jinn, who contrive to injure men. Among these are specially conspicuous the three
female demons named "Ghul" (corresponding to the Talmudic Lilith), "Si'lat", and "'Aluḳ" or "'Aulaḳ", and the four male demons "Afrit", "Azbab",
"Aziab", and "Ezb". Ghul is especially harmful to new-born children, and in order to keep her away their heads are rubbed
with the gum of an acacia.
Islam recognized the existence of all the pagan demons, good and evil, protesting
only against their being considered gods. Islam divides the evil demons into five species: "jann", "jinn", "shaitans", "afrits",
The Qur'an refers to the shaidans, of whom Iblis is the chief. Iblis, is
said to have been deprived of authority over the animal and spirit kingdoms, and sentenced to death, when he refused, at the
creation of Adam, to prostrate himself before him (Qur'an, vii. 13). The shaidans are the children of Iblis, and are to die
when their father dies; whereas the others, though they may live many centuries, must die before him. A popular belief says
that Iblis and other evil demons are to survive mankind, though they will die before the general resurrection; the last to
die being Azrael, the angel of death.
Tradition attributes to Muhammad the statement that every man has an angel
and a demon appointed to attend him. The former guides him toward goodness, while the latter leads him to evil ("Mishkat",
i. ch. 3). The shaidans, being the enemies of Allah, strive to disturb worshipers. Muhammad, it is said, prefaced his prayers
with "I seek refuge in Allah from shaitan, the rejected".
Among the evil jinn are distinguished the five sons of Iblis. It was in
order to keep them away that the faithful were commanded the cleansings and fumigations which are unbearable to the shaidans,
who delight in dirt and filth. The pronouncing of the "takbir" formula ("Allah akbar" =Allah is very great) is also a means
of driving them away. Muhammad, it is said, pronounced it in his travels whenever the appearance of the region changed, lest
it might be enchanted. In later times amulets were invented to which were ascribed the virtue of protecting their bearers
from the attacks of demons.
The cat plays a part in Islamic demonology. A demon assuming the form of
a cat is said to have presented himself to Muhammad while he was praying (Darimi, l.c. ii. 449). Some demons assumed the form
of cats (Mas'udi, "Muruj al-Dhahab", iii. 321). As to the good jinn, there are some among them who profess Islam, and Muhammad
held that many of them had listened to his sermons (Koran, sura lxxii.).
There are three kinds of anthromorphic beings, the devas (demigods),
the manushyas (human beings) and the asuras (demons). The asuras live in Patala above Naraka (Hell), one of
the three Lokas (worlds, dimensions of existence). The Patala loka exists below Bhu(r)loka (which includes Earth where humans
live). The asuras are often ugly creatures. Puranas describe many cosmic battles between asuras and devas for supremacy.
Originally, the word Asura in the earliest hymns of the Rig Veda
(the holy book of the Indo-Aryans) meant any supernatural spirit—good or bad. Hence even some of the devas (demigods),
especially Varuna, have the epithet of Asura. In fact, since the /s/ of the Indic linguistic branch is cognate with the /h/
of the Early Iranian languages, the word Asura, representing a category of celestial beings, became the word Ahura (Mazda),
the Supreme God of the Zoroastrians. But very soon, among the Indo-Aryans, Asura came to exclusively mean any of a race of
anthromorphic but hideous demons. All words such as Asura, Daitya (lit., sons of the demon-mother "Diti"), Rakshasa
(lit. from "harm to be guarded against") are translated into English as demon. These demons are inherently evil are
in a constant battle against the demigods. Hence in Hindu iconography, the gods / demigods are shown to carry weapons to kill
the asuras. However, unlike Christianity, the demons are not the cause of the evil and unhappiness in present mankind (which
occurs on the account of ignorance from recognizing one's true self). In later Puranic mythology, exceptions do occur in the
demonic race to produce god-fearing Asuras like Prahalada. Also, many Asuras are said to have been granted boons from
one of the members of the Hindu trinity, viz., Prajapati, Vishnu and Shiva when the latter had been appeased from penances.
All Asuras, unlike the devas, are said to be mortals (though they vehemently wish to become immortal). Many people metaphorically
interpret these demons as manifestations of the ignoble passions in human mind.
On the account of the Hindu theory of reincarnation and transmigration
of souls according to one's Karma, other kinds of demons can also be enlisted. If a human does extremely horrible and sinful
karmas in his life, his soul (Atman) will, upon his death, directly turn into an evil ghostly spirit, many kinds of which
are recognized in the later Hindu texts. These demons could be vampire-like beings (pishacha or nar-pishacha), animate corpses
(vetala), ghosts (pretatma), etc, which can "possess" human beings.
In Other Cultures And Religions
Demons are found in many religions, and many cultures have developed a rich
mythology of demons. The study of demons is called demonology, while the worship of demons is known as demonolatry.
In Buddhism the word demon can refer to sentient being in either
Hell realm or Asura realm depending on the tradition.
In Japanese folklore, demons (Yokai), are not necessarily evil or even
anthropomorphic, but range from the evil oni (devils) to the erotic meinaishujin (unseen or invisible masters), and to the
mischievous kitsune (fox-spirits). The word demon is often specifically chosen by the Japanese producers of anime and computer
games as a translation of some other Japanese concepts as well.
in Hellenistic Neopaganism
In modern Hellenistic Neopaganism (particularly in self-described Hellenistic
sects in the United States), a demon can
be a variety of things.
Sometimes Titan gods imprisoned in Tartarus are considered demons. Typically
associated with demons in Hellenistic Neopagan sects are Furies, Cyclops and Hecatonchires. Other entities from Hellenistic
mythology may also be associated with demons and demonology.
Literature, And Television
In Mikhail Lermontov's long poem (1840), the Demon makes love to the virgin
Tamara in a scenic setting of the Caucasus mountains.
Many classic books and plays feature demons, such as the Divine Comedy,
Paradise Lost and Faust.
Anton Rubinstein's lushly chromatic opera The Demon (1875), based
on the poem "The Demon" by Lermontov, was delayed in its production because the censor attached to the Mariinsky Theatre felt
that the libretto was sacrilegious.
In C. S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters a senior demon in Hell's hierarchy
writes a series of letters to his subordinate trainee, Wormwood, offering advice in the techniques of temptation of humans.
Though fictional, it offers a plausible contemporary Christian viewpoint of the relationship of humans and demons.
Demons have permeated the culture of children's cartoons and anime; they
are used in comic books as powerful adversaries in the horror, fantasy and superhero stories. There are a handful of demons
who fight for good for their own reasons like DC Comics' The Demon and Marvel Comics' Ghost Rider. Similarly, Hellboy is a
demon raised by humans and has vowed to protect them.
In Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, dæmons are the physical
incarnation of a person's soul. Although they bear almost no resemblance to Christian demons, the word is pronounced the same.
The works of J.R.R. Tolkien feature demons called Balrogs, terrible spirits
of flame with humanoid bodies. In Tolkien's works, Melkor, a.k.a Morgoth, is analogous to Satan and Sauron is the chief demon
in Morgoth's service.
Cenobites are demons which feature in the works of Clive Barker, such as
the novel The Hellbound Heart on which the film Hellraiser is based.
In the novel Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, demons
are described as essentially angels working for a different employer. The demon Anthony Crowley is said not to have Fallen
so much as 'sauntered vaguely downward.'
In recent times, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, chief exorcist at the Vatican, has published two books on his experiences with Satan
and demons entitled An Exorcist Tells His Story, and An Exorcist: More Stories published by Ignatius Press.
In the various books of Skeeve and Aahz by Robert Asprin a Demon is short
for Dimension Traveller. In world A you would see beings from world B as demons, however, should you leave world A and go
to world B, you would be the demon to the locals.
Scientists occasionally invent hypothetical entities with special abilities
as part of a thought experiment. These "demons" have abilities that are nearly limitless, but they are still subject to the
physical laws being theorized about.
For example, in Descartes' Second Meditation, it is argued, as a thought
experiment, that it is at least possible that there is an all-powerful evil demon who is deceiving me, such that this demon
causes me to have false beliefs, including the belief that there is an object before me and the belief that two plus three
equals five. Note that the power of such a demon would be two-fold: both empirical and rational thinking can be completely
compromised. This leads to a worrisome argument:
1. One knows some fact or other only
when one can rule out that there is such a demon.
2. But one can never be in a position
rule out that there is such a being, since we can never be sure that the demon isn't merely toying with our epistemic situation.
we can never know any facts at all!
The earliest connection of the word with games is that the British call
a form of solitaire "Demon", from at least the nineteenth century. The selection of this word comes from the observance of
a player by others. Formerly, adults nearly always bet on card games. As the player is turned from interaction with others
and is forced to move cards around without feeling, the player is metaphorically considered possessed by a demon.
It has been asserted by conservative religious groups that demons communicate
with humans through the use of a Ouija board and that demonic possession is possible in this way. The most common explanation
is that the Ouija board's users move the game's planchette with their hands (consciously or unconsciously) and only appear
to be communicating with spirits. The resulting possession appears to be purely psychosomatic. The original idea for the use
of spirit boards was to contact ghosts of dead humans and not evil spirits or demons.
Many fantasy-themed role-playing, computer and video games feature demons
as enemies. Some allow player characters to summon or control demons, and others feature a main character that is a demon
or part demon. Such games are sometimes accused of trying to draw children into the occult, although this is a minority viewpoint.
See Fiend (Dungeons & Dragons) for further information on this topic.
Some recent Japanese video games feature demons stylized as a race of beings
who are not necessarily irredeemably evil. Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, in particular, is remarkable for having a young
demon king as its main character.
ID Software's Doom 3 contains Demons in the 22nd century on Mars, the lone
marine has to fight his way though hords of demons and zombies, as well as evil spirits.
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