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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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Thus, he permanently delivered love from sin, solving the great problem of Christian morality through a heretic pre-Christian view, combined with the romantic demonism of sexuality and creation--The Light of Paradise: "But could I really harvest in my field / so much laughter without the heat of evil?
Given the demonism of the poetic word there is no room for a priori compositional rules.
The first is the one in Patocka's thesis quoted above; the secret of a demonism that confuses boundaries, or the secret of the first mystery.
In fact, the silence about and condemnation of the cannibalistic act sets the ego of the modern individual against the cannibalistic imprint of the irrational, where one finds the morbid failure to distinguish between anthropophagy, insensitiveness and cruelty, in short, what any missionary might regard as a basic form of demonism.
Folkways are habits of the individual and customs of the society which arise from efforts to satisfy needs; they are intertwined with goblinism and demonism and primitive notions of luck ...
The play allows one to be plainer: the god-beast or id at the root of identity invades the bed, the fulcrum of theurgic demonism and site of ambiguity, treacherous words and murderous confusion.
They were also accused of having no morals, of stealing and eating Christian babies, of failing to help Joseph, Mary and Jesus in their flight from Herod, of forging the nails with which Jesus was crucified, of occultism, witchcraft and demonism, libels reinforced by their alien appearance and nomadic lifestyle.
(38) For more information on the Devil as a trickster and tempter see: Nathan Johnstone, The Devil and Demonism in Early Modern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 60-141, 170-175.
No; but here thou beholdest even in a dumb brute, the instinct of the knowledge of the demonism in the world.
During the Salem witch trials, ergot of rye caused the dementia that some associated with demonism. Management methods for ergot include the use of sclerotia-free seed lots, rotations to nonsusceptible crops, deep plowing of infected fields to bury the sclerotia and prevent germination of the fruiting bodies, and eradication of susceptible wild grasses (perennial hosts) in the area.