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the study of demons or demonic beliefs
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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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There are, for example, repeated mentions of the impact of political centralization (or the lack thereof), the presence or absence of religious conflict, different legal systems and practices, as well as the influence of relative levels of credulity regarding learned demonology.
'After a long bout of demonology work, I can get really sick and actually vomit.
There is, of course, no particular reason to think that Shakespeare's works were grounded in a distinct and internally consistent demonology, given the range of genres he worked in and the varying cultural and historical settings of his plays.
The culmination was the commission of theologians and canonists convened in 1320 by Pope John XXII to develop a systematic demonology, a theology of Satan, and a precise meaning of heresy.
He's all about old school demonology. He is a Hell-born, which means that he possesses the body of a powerful businessman.
Such is the case of the varied range of apparitions that reaffirm the infinite protean potential conferred to evil spirits by the scholastic demonology. (12) On occasions, demons appear to Ermine disguised as huge menacing monsters, "just like they are in hell." (13) At other moments, they intend to deceive the woman, adopting the appearance of an endless list of holy figures, like Saint Mary Magdalen, Saint Leger, Saint Andrew, Saint John the Baptist, Saint Peter, Saint Remigius, Saint Elizabeth, Saint Gertrude, Saint Anthony, Saint Augustine, Saint Agnes, Thomas the Apostle, and Saint Nicholas, among others.
The prehistory of modern terror features a cast of characters completely different from the familiar demonology, and an utterly different ideological context.
Although Marcus has apparently lost his faith, he continues the family business of performing exorcisms using his father's book of demonology. Marcus does not believe in demons and callously uses slight of hand to produce frightening effects for his paying clients.
A Camino trip in the episode titles "Demonology" is the missing link between a demon-possessed murderer and victim.
I must admit that my first response upon seeing this volume was: why do we need yet another French essay collection on demonology? The craze for these would seem to be surpassed only by the witch craze of the seventeenth century.
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. More importantly, while these studies acknowledge the historical and/or social factors that shaped these evolving interpretations of Ovid, nearly all of the authors provide us with a close reading of The Metamorphoses in its original context.