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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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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.
Curiously, in light of his attention to Scott, he misses Scott's major introduction of the word "glamour" in his Essays on Demonology and Witchcraft.
A specific case-study concerns Ovid's authority in the debate on the demonology and witchcraft of the early modern age.
THE name of referee Howard Webb will go down in Geordie demonology if Newcastle United are relegated on the strength of this defeat.
For all that demonology was a major part of many theological systems, the topic has received relatively little serious attention.
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.
He appeared to be interested in demonology and his room was decorated with dark Oriental themes.
After this we have seven essays on the wider, social aspects: the visual arts, ritual, music, demonology, science, changes in clerical life and 'women and religious change'.
This vividly readable book has appeal beyond its scholarly value to experts in the two fields of monasticism and demonology.
Not only does Child manage to incorporate elements of military/espionage novels with mythology and demonology, science fiction and science fact, medical research and practice, and psychology and computer technology, but he does so in a way that teases his readers into blind alleys where they wait, terrified, for unnamed but profound evils still to be revealed.