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the study of demons or demonic beliefs



in a number of religions a teaching concerning evil spirits that originated historically from a primitive belief in spirits.

Demonology is most important in religions with a dualistic division of the universe into a world of good and evil (for example, Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism). In later religions that experienced the influence of Zoroastrianism (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) demonology also became an important part of doctrinal belief.

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Besides, through the Letters runs a theme of Neoplatonic daemonology that must be sincere, because Ficino realized--at least by 1489, when he was criticized by the Curia for some undisclosed errors in De Vita--that it was dangerous, if not to his soul, then at least to his worldly fortunes.
Navigating The golden compass; religion, science, and daemonology in His dark materials.
The King wrote a book called Daemonology which told local magistrates what to look for when tracking down witches, a capital offence.