By Carol K. Mack, Dinah Mack
Watch your again! . . . how one can spot and determine demons and different subversive spirits . . . And what to do next.
Demons, fairies, and fallen angels are all over. They lurk at crossroads, crouch in the back of doorways, conceal in bushes, slip into beds, wait in caves, hover at weddings and childbirths, hide themselves as pals, relatives-even conceal themselves as you. they're strong; they're protean; they're captivating. And, to the uninformed, they can be invisible. This illustrated guide-the first of its kind-reveals the amazing diversifications of the demon and fairy species all over the world. jam-packed with lore approximately every one demon, detailing its origins, the tradition surrounding it, and its reputed antics and exploits, A box consultant to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels, and different Subversive Spirits is an interesting exploration of worldwide mythologies. excellent for the armchair traveller and the intrepid, professional demon-spotter alike, this whole advisor to subversive spirits bargains a behind-the-scenes examine the devilish mishaps, impish irritations, and demonic devastations that punctuate our lives.
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Extra info for A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits
They were much discussed, and from the Hagigah (a tractate of the Babylonian Talmud) comes this description: Six things have been said about demons: They are like angels in three particulars, but resemble men in three others. Like angels they have wings, and are able to fly from one end of the world to another, and know the future.. . Like men, the demons take nourishment, marry, beget children, and ultimately die. ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES / XXXII Shedim were demons (borrowed from neighbors of the ancient Israelites) to whom other peoples performed sacrifices.
She opened her mouth like a mammoth cave to swallow them, but the winds were of such power her jaws were forced to remain open. The winds distended her belly. Marduk entered and saw within her an entire army of gods, snakes, and demons. He shot his arrow. It split her heart in two. She perished. He stood on her body and smashed her skull with his mace. Then Marduk sliced Tiamat in two like a cosmic clam, and raised one half of her to become the roof of the sky. He bolted it to hold the waters in check.
This divide of spiritual versus material realms became increasingly severe over the next century. A radically dualistic chasm opened wide. New religious systems of the East and some mystery cults entered the thinking of Greece and Rome, along with migration of peoples. E. an age of syncretism began. It affected the Daimon adversely. As Christianity spread, all pagan spirits were demonized and shoved down under to new dwelling places, and now the "angel" inherited the function of the Daimon and began blithely circling around the old daemonic realm.