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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 actual demonism in the play is often enacted to divert attention from Mephistopheles's inability to produce the fantastical feats desired.
On the other hand, as I will argue, Mann's perception of demonism in Der Zauberberg derives primarily from his enthusiastic reception and subsequent rejection of Feodor Dostoevsky's political and philosophical views.
3) For studies that have touched on the relationship between George Eliot and the Gothic see Nina Auerbach, 'The Power of Hunger: Demonism and Maggie Tulliver', NCF, 30 (1975), 150-71; Chris Baldick, In Frankenstein's Shadow: Myth, Monstrosity and Nineteenth-century Writing (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987), pp.
Analysed in their direct significance, the events described do not by far possess the overcharge of violence, the demonism that the writer ascribes to them.
Although his spare presentation aims at depriving terror of its metaphysical aura and demonism, it would be wrong not to notice that Tolstoi acknowledges the secret links of terror to the realm of the unknown.
The experience of demonism was particularly important in the Protestant concept of diabolic agency.
The Devil and Demonism does not directly challenge historical interpretations of witchcraft demonology, but rather focuses on the devil's unexceptional role in the lives of early modern men and women.
Johnstone is wise to analyze early-modern notions of demonism on their own, historically-contingent terms, rather than portraying them as a confused remnant of medieval ideas or a tentative precursor of Enlightenment nostrums about the nature of evil.
At root a lexicon of feeling and of the consequences of felt occurrences, the demonism explored here leads us to the commonplace as well as to the extraordinary.
Leatherbarrow grounds his study on a basis of cultural history, examining the semiotic markers of demonism in Russian folk belief as well as Orthodoxy.
From here, Pushkin develops his cult of proud loneliness and the anarchy that often turns to the slogan of lawlessness (net zakona) and demonism.
16) Politicians who vouchsafe the moral quality of their acts by categorical ideals flirt with a sort of demonism in having "associated the quality of a divine command to a human velleity.