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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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Grounded in impressive scholarship, Shakespeare's Demonology is a rich, stimulating, wide-ranging dictionary that makes a major contribution to the study of Shakespeare's use of magic and witchcraft and his place in demonological tradition.
The formulators of the new demonology were guided by Thomas Aquinas's questions about demons in his De Malo, and they resurrected two fundamental elements of Satan's presumed heretical activities.
The database, or demonology, will be available for colleagues working on supernatural entities from other times and cultures, and this will allow an understanding of demonic entities through time.
Such is the case of the varied range of apparitions that reaffirm the infinite protean potential conferred to evil spirits by the scholastic demonology.
He also wrote on witchcraft and demonology and served as a consultant during the Salem Witch Trials.
As the result of such skittishness, our understanding of many religions is impoverished, for some of the most serious issues of ethics, cosmology, anthropology, and soteriology were--and still are--regularly engaged via demonology.
The startling intellectual crux of this volume is the intersection of demonology with geography, a particularly fascinating juxtaposition in the West during the Age of Discovery.
The fifteen essays gathered here are arranged in roughly chronological order, and while the majority of these essays concentrate on the influence of The Metamorphoses in literature, a few essays explore Ovid's influence in other realms such as art, alchemy, and demonology.
The book appears a mockery of scholarship more than anything else, despite the undoubted reality of its subject in Dante's demonology, Chaucer's Summoner's Tale, and buffoonish entertainments at medieval courts.
This text was produced in an era when exorcism manuals, for instance, were still written in Latin, but shortly thereafter, treatises on demonology began to be published at least as often in French, Spanish, Italian, German, etc.
This vividly readable book has appeal beyond its scholarly value to experts in the two fields of monasticism and demonology.
Levack's extensive body of knowledge in the field has produced such books as The Witch-hunt in Early Modern Europe, The Witchcraft Source Book and The Literature of Witchcraft (Articles on Witchcraft, Magic and Demonology, volume 4).