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Demons Intro

by Kerr Cuhulain

As you could probably tell from the people that I've written about throughout this Witch Hunts series, demons are a popular subject amongst Satanic Conspiracy Myth supporters. Yet you'd be hard pressed to get the various fundamentalist Christian "occult experts" to agree on what demons are. Lyle Rapacki attempts to define them as: "Spirits: One-third of the angelic host cast out of Heaven with Lucifer after he led a revolt, with them, against God's throne.[1] Obviously Rapacki hasn't read any of the grimoires he lists in his manual, because if he had, he would have realized that these usually label angels as spirits too.

The term "demon" first appeared in the English language circa 1200 CE in Layamon's Chronicle of Britain.[2] It comes from the Greek word "daimon", meaning "a lesser deity", "a spirit", or "one's genius", and originally could refer to a spirit who was good or bad. It was used by authors such as Homer in almost the same fashion as the word "theos" ("god"). The difference was that "theos" referred to the personality of the deity and "daimon" the deity's activity. Any unexpected occurrences which could not be attributed to a particular deity were attributed to a daimon. Eventually a daimon became known as a power controlling man's fate, and it was believed that everyone had one, which is why one of it's meanings is "one's genius". In The Magus, Barrett states that "every man hath a threefold good demon", a concept very close to the original Greek idea.

By Hesiod's time the belief that spirits of the dead became demons had begun. Demons were believed to be more powerful than humans but less powerful than the Gods. It was probably this belief that led the Christians to associate demons with the fallen angels in their mythology.

Another influence was the Zoroastrian concept of a hierarchy of evil daevas (devils) commanded by the God Angra Mainyu (later called Ahriman). The daevas were in constant battle with Ahura Mazda, the Good Lord, later known as Ormazd.

The Hebrew word for demons is "shedim". They were also referred to as "se'irim" ("hairy demons"). These two terms were commonly applied by the Hebrews to foreign gods. Their leader was Satan, Belial, Beelzebub or Mastema. Later additions to this list included Lucifer, Mammon, Asmodeus, Leviathan and Belphegor.

In common modern Christian usage, the word demon refers to an evil spirit. In 1612 CE Father Sebastien Michaelis claimed to have communicated with a demon named Balberith during an exorcism of a nun in Aix En Provence. Balberith listed a number of demons which Michaelis published in his book Admirable History. Michaelis listed three hierarchies of demons. Since it was believed that these were fallen angels the categories within these hierarchies bore the same names as those of the angelic hosts:

Heirarchy Order Prince(s)
1st Seraphim Beelzebub, Leviathan, Asmodeus
1st Cherubim Balberith
1st Thrones Astaroth, Verrine,
Gressil, Sonneillon
2nd Powers Carreau, Carnivean
2nd Dominions Oeillet, Rosier
3rd Principalities Verrier
3rd Virtues Belias
3rd Archangels Olivier
Angels Iuvart


Keep this in mind, since most of what you are about to see later in this article doesn't fit into this list at all.

Now this business of demons may seem silly, meaningless and trivial stuff, but it quickly illustrates the shoddy research conducted by many of the "occult experts" that I write about in this volume. An investigator coming across a name like "Oriens" should have been able to trace it back to the two possible sources and this would have told the investigator something about the person using it. Lyle Rapacki's Satanism: The Not So New Problem, for example, wouldn't have allowed that investigator to do this. In fact, there are only 7 "demons" on Rapacki's six and a half page list of terms. I have a glossary of occult terms extracted from such grimoires that I prepared for my own investigative use, and so far its 2,100 pages lists 214 demons, 838 spirits, 1184 angels, and 455 assorted African orishas and lwas.

The title of the Madrak's Demonbusters web site clearly demonstate their preoccupation with demons. The Madraks have lengthy lists of things that they consider to be demons on this site. One list of "demons" includes: "Astral Projection, Astrology, Blood Pacts, Channeling, Clairvoyance, Cursing Parents, Divination, Dowsing, Dungeons & Dragons, E.S.P., Eckankar, EST (The Forum), Fetishism, Fortune Telling, Gurdjieff, Homeopathy, Homosexuality, Hypnotism, Incubi or Succubi (Sexual Spirits), I.U.D. (Women Only), Kabalah, Martial Arts, Levitation (Table Tipping), Materialization, New Age, Occult Books, Ouija Board, Pacts With Satan, Palm Reading, Pornography, Psychic Healing, Psychic Surgery, Rosicrucians, Sado-Masochism, Satanism, Seances, Silva Mind Control, Swedenborg, Tarot Cards, Telepathy, Witchcraft, Transcendental Meditation (TM), White or Black Magick, Voodoo (or Santeria, Camdoble, Palo Mayombe)Cults and Aberrant Religious Groups, Anthroposophy (Waldorf Schools), Bahai, Buddhism, Children of God (Family of Love), Christian Science, Freemasonry, Church Universal and Triumphant (Summit Lighthouse), Hinduism, Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Hari Krishna (ISKCON), I AM Movement, Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses, Liberal Theology, Liberal Catholic Church, Lodges (miscellaneous bloodless religions), Mormonism, People's Temple, Process Church, Rastafarianism, Roman Catholicism, Scientology, Spiritualism, Tara Center, Theosophical Society, Unification Church (Moonies), Unitarian Universalists, Unity, Way International, Wicca, Worldwide Church of God, Other Cults."[3]

Elsewhere on the Demonbusters site one finds a short list of "Gods / Goddesses." One not familiar with mythology would have some trouble interpreting it, as it is a combination of the names of deities and of cultures that created them, with no explanations offered: "Old spirits, Old Hawaiian, Peel [sic] (Volcano), Buddha, Mystic God Kings, Allah (Islam), Mayan, Aztec, Toltec, Apollo, Zeus, Ashtar, Ashoreth, Ashtoreh, Istar, Astar." Nothing on this list or the Demonbusters web site indicates that the Madraks are knowledgeable enough to know any of this, so probably these names are included because they aren't spelled "Jehovah".

The Demonbusters site includes another list of "Demons". You'd think that this would be a list of names like "Belial" or "Astartoth", but it isn't. It is a peculiar, mixed up list of emotions, personal characteristics, mental disorders, world religions and meditation techniques: "Terror, Superstition, Confusion, Anger, Depression, Retaliation, Lying, Deception, Fear, Doubt, Self Doubt, Insecurity, Worry, Greed, Despair, Intense Hatred, Viciousness, Violence, Loneliness, Emptiness, Pride, Stubbornness, Horror, Destruction, Ego, Delusions of Grandeur, Deep Blood Lust, Selfishness, Deep Hurt, Pain, Sorrow, Oppression, Death, Ancient Power, Deception, Sexual Perversions, Coldness, No Mercy, No Remorse, Lust, Addictions, Death, Low Self Esteem, Mind Control, Familiar Spirits, Rebellion, Unbelief, Delusion, Selfishness, Seduction, Suicide, Incest, Occult Study, Transcendental Meditation, Demonic Rituals, Necrophilia (Sex with Corpses), Torture, Eastern Meditation, Chanting Prayers, Astral Accounting, Conjuring up Ghosts, Ritual Murder, Altered State of Consciousness, Sexual Perversion, Obscene Orgies, Blood Brothers, Horror."[4]

This is followed by a shorter but equally weird list labeled "Curses" which lists: "Forefathers, Prosperity, Flaming Darts, Worship Devils, Spirits, Saints, Roman Catholic, Satan, Native Religions, Krishna, Ancient Idols, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zen."[5]

Later, in a list with the title "Demon Associated With Different Organizations", Madrak repeats the same themes:
  • "Education - parapsychology, Dungeons and Dragons, folklore, mythology.
  • "Entertainment - rock music, lewd or occult movies or TV.
  • "Lodges - origins in witchcraft - Masons, Demolay, Eastern Star, Jobs Daughters.
  • "Religions - Protestant, Catholic, Cults (World Council of Churches).
  • "Recreations - games with demonic influence.
  • "Travel - soul travel, astral projection.
  • "Home Life - mind control, Jezebel and Ahab.
  • "Business - witchcraft promises promotions, forecasts based on astrology readings, sales power (soul power) pyramid power.
Ÿ "Law Enforcement - using psychics and hypnosis."[6]

It is clear that paranoid people can turn almost anything into a "demon". Yet there are a number of "demons" that seem to turn up more often in the literature of Satanic Conspiracy myth supporters. Let's look at some of them:

Continue on to Definitions... Demons (A-B) - Demons (C-G) - Demons (H-L) - Demons (M-R) - Demons (S-Z)



Footnotes...

[1] Rapacki, Lyle J. (1988). Satanism: The Not So New Problem, Intel, pg 60.
[2] Barnhart, Robert K. (1988). Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology, pg 264.
[3] "Demons and Characteristics", http://www.demonbuster.com/zpart2‑w11.html.
[4] Ibid.
[5] Ibid.
[6] "Occult ABC- Exposing Occult Practices and Ideologies" http://www.demonbuster.com/zpart2‑w4.html






ABOUT...

Kerr Cuhulain


Location: Surrey, British Columbia

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Bio: Kerr Cuhulain the author of this article, is known to the mundane world as Detective Constable Charles Ennis. Ennis, a former child abuse investigator, is the author of several articles on child abuse investigation that appeared in Law & Order Magazine. Better known to the Pagan community by his Wiccan name, Kerr Cuhulain, Ennis was the first Wiccan police officer to go public about his beliefs 28 years ago. Kerr is now the Preceptor General of Officers of Avalon. Kerr went on to write four books: The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca (Horned Owl Publishing), Wiccan Warrior and Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior. (Llewellyn Publications), as well as a book based on this series: Witch Hunts: Out of the Broom Closet (Spiral Publishing).

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