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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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many of Isobel's demonological, specific maleficium and fairy-related passages emerge fully developed in her very first confession.
As the authors put it in their introduction, the "oversimplifying binary structure" of demonological thought "may perhaps be seen as going against the grain of most of his work" (5).
In exposing the exact mechanisms of diabolical activity, Doctor Faustus reflects the predominant demonological thought of the time, the meticulous rationale outlined in pseudoscientific discourses penned by scholars across Europe.
The medieval demonology reaches a remarkable impact in the Middle Ages thanks to the proliferation of demonological treatises since the thirteenth century was published in Western Europe.
While the pre-tantric demonological traditions of mothers, female seizers and spirit beings as found in the Mahabharata, Harivamsa and early ayurvedic literature are only a few centuries younger than those alluded to in the works of the second-century BCE Plautus and Titinius--and nearly coeval with the first-century CE Ovid and Petronius's full-blown striga narratives--all of the South Asian traditions of tantric witches (dakinis, yoginis, etc.
Karswell's spectral nemesis is glimpsed only in the tail of the eye, just as his demonological interest sustains itself in the byways and margins of officially-sanctioned knowledge.
Talbot uses demonological terms throughout, referring to the work of "Lucifer" in a chapter tide and throughout the text.
In contrast to the European tradition, Russian Orthodox culture lacked demonological notions in the sense of a highly developed system of beliefs based on a philosophical understanding of the devil's role (Franklin 31-57).
There are multiple variations on antisemitic motifs to demonstrate the strength and protean character of an antique demonological myth, and its extraordinary capacity to persist and be adapted to different times, places, and cultures, as in its recent resurgence worldwide.
Pouderon examines three types of explanations for man's tendency towards evil: the anthropological, which has to do with the mortal nature of man; the cosmological, which involves the concept of a battle between matter and spirit; and the demonological, which focuses on external forces (Satan, the serpent, fallen angels).
It would be necessary to know if the officially guided process of censure simultaneously affected all types of demonic images (for example, in other icons and in manuscript illumination) and whether it was also extended to the texts treating the demonological subjects in a manner deemed inappropriate by existing authorities.
we sense a true affinity to specific demonological images prominent in Iranian religious thought.