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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 dictionary covers a field with porous boundaries; as the authors point out in their introduction, demonologists of Shakespeare's time were interested in a variety of phenomena in addition to demons and devils, including ghosts, spirits, angels, astrology, witchcraft, magic, divination and prophecy.
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Players can take on the role of the Sorcerer, Demonologist, or Beastmaster, all with new spells and creatures, and play any of the nine mages in either the old or the new campaigns.
Along the way, our new friends became a bit more eclectic: a journalist based in Brussels working for a Greek newspaper, an obsessive filmmaker in Malibu, a psychic medium, and a New Hampshire demonologist.
In this group appears an essay by Timothy Chesters on the motif of attempts to wound or kill ghosts with swords in the demonologist Psellos, the dramatist Shakespeare, and the poet Ronsard.
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com that Matt Ryan will reprise his role as demonologist Constantine in Season 3, episode 15, titled "Necromancing the Stone," which is set to air in five weeks.
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Angwin thinks this is wrong and refers to sixteenth-century demonologist Reginald Scot who, he says, estimated there were about fourteen million devils on earth.
Crowley described Yeats as 'a lank dishevelled demonologist who might have taken more pains with his personal appearance without incurring the reproach of dandyism'.
Matt Ryan said that reprising his role as John Constantine in this week's episode of "Legends of Tomorrow" was a lot of fun, but he admitted that it took him some time before he finally got back into the character of the demonologist.