is the science or doctrine concerned with the study of demons. It can comprise
such features as a classification of their hierachy, of theior powers and
limitations, attributes, multiple names and derivations. It has also come
to mean a branch of magic that deals with malaevolent spirits.
The word itself derives from the Greek daimon, meaning simply a supernatural
spirit or power of an inferior sort, i.e., not a god. In the Christian tradition,
there was only one category of supernatural beings inferior to God, namely
the angels, who were divided between those who joined in Lucifer's rebellion
(a third of the heavenly host, according to the Book of Revelation) and
were condemned to Hell, and those who remained loyal to their Creator and
stayed in Heaven. Thus “demon'' came to mean “fallen angel,
an inhabitant of Hell”.
The relationship of demonology to witchraft was crucial. By addressing
the devil, or by supplications to his demons, witches were admitting to
their power and thus they were therefore committing heresy.
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Histoire des diables de Loudun, ou de la possession des religieuses
Ursulines,et de la condemnation & du suplice d’Urbain Grandier,
Cure de la meme ville
A Amsterdam: Aux depens de Etienne Roger, 1716
Traite historique des dieux et des demons au paganisme
Delft: Andre Voorstadt, 1696
A pro-witchcraft work which sets out to refute the views of Balthasar
Bekker. It strongly supports the continental view of witchcraft and
the conduct of trials.
|COLLIN DE PLANCY, Jacques Albin Simon
Dictionnaire infernal: répertoire universel des êtres,
des personnages, des livres …
Brussels: Chez tous les libraries, 1845
Collin de Plancy's celebrated dictionary was first published in 1818,
and a second edition was issued in 1825 and the third in 1832. This
edition added more than 250 new entries. A rare and uncommon reference
book on the occult, this important work has never been translated
into English. The book contains around 550 engravings with portraits
of 72 demons.
|DAUGIS, Antoine Louis
Traite sur la magie, le sortilage, les possessions, obsession et
Paris: Pierre Prault, 1732
This work arose from an edict by Louis XV concerning the treatment
of sorcerers, magicians and other practitioners of the black arts.
The inclination of the work is shown by the fact that the author cites
Bodin as an authority!
|SINISTRARI, Lodovico Maria (1622-1701)
Demonality; or, incubi and succubi; a treatise.
Paris: Isidore Liseux, 1879
|VILLARS, Nicholas Pierre, Abbe de
Comte de Gabalis, ou, entretiens sur les sciences secretes ...
Amsterdam: chez Pierre De Coup, 1715
This work is most famous as the source used by Pope for his mock-heroic
poem The Rape of the Lock. It was originally published in
1670 and purports to describe the spirits which the Rosicrucians or
Illuminati can command to do their bidding. It is claimed that Villars
was murdered by Rosicrucians a few years after the publication of