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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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97) Pedro Ciruelo (1475-1560), another Spanish demonologist,(98) affirmed in his Tratado en el qual se repruevan todas las supersticiones y hechicerias that spirits, good and bad, were by nature superior to men, and so they possessed more natural power and strength than the strongest man.
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In this group appears an essay by Timothy Chesters on the motif of attempts to wound or kill ghosts with swords in the demonologist Psellos, the dramatist Shakespeare, and the poet Ronsard.
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Self-styled American demonologist Lou Gentile would never describe what he does as fun, though.
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Crowley described Yeats as 'a lank dishevelled demonologist who might have taken more pains with his personal appearance without incurring the reproach of dandyism'.
They called on noted paranormal investigators and demonologist Ed and Lorraine Warren to exorcise the house.
That was the first piece of advice given to Will Storr by an American demonologist as he set out to investigate ghoulish goings at a house built on a graveyard in Philadelphia.
The mentalist also said the demon spoke to her husband - who was a demonologist, author and lecturer - many times.
Kieckhefer (1989: 1997) provides in-depth studies of various instances of scientific, philosophical, and moralist attempts to tackle the question of magic, yet its female practitioners were invariably called witches or magicians, and the stories of the prosecution of those meddling with magic give the names of witches, sorcerers, necromancers, leeches, divinators, demonologists, astrologers, or chiromancers, yet the concept of the enchantress seems to be reserved to, or at least strongly claimed by, literary texts.
How to reconcile lived realities and ideals concerned Early Modern demonologists whose vision of witchcraft often contradicted accused men and women's explanations of their gendered and sexual transgressions (Chapter Two).