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The demon (Koine Greek δαιμόνιον = daimónion), is a supernatural being, often a harmful spirit and in Abrahamic traditions sometimes similar to the devil. Demons are known to possess people and can only be driven out in performing an exorcism. It is believed, that the demon can be called/conjured during a ritual and controlled due to the knowledge of the demon's name.

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Demons originates from ...

Media[edit | edit source]

Demons appear in the following media:

Games[edit | edit source]

Books[edit | edit source]

  • Bartimäus - a book series by Jonathan Stroud. See also: Djinn
  • The Exorcist - by William Peter Blatty (1971)
  • Christian Bible
  • Book of Wonders - Kitab al-Bulhan كتاب البلهان - a 14th and 15th century Arabic manuscript
  • City of Bones - The Mortal Instruments series, by Cassandra Clare
  • Dante’s Inferno (1321)
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton (1667)

Magic texts[edit | edit source]

  • Papyri Graecae magicae - 150 BC - 50, Egypt
  • 8th and 10th book of Moses
  • Merseburg charms
  • Conjurationes adversus principem tenebrarum or Coniurationes Demonum
  • Grimorium Verum - by Alibeck (allegedly), 1517
  • Grand Grimoire - also called "The Red Dragon", allegedly this black magic grimoire was written 1522
  • De pseudomonarchia daemonum - has a list of 72 demons, by Johann Weyer, 1568, similar to Ars Goetia
  • Ars Goetia, part of Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis, 17th century, contains a list of demons
  • Discovery of witchcraft - by Reginald Scott, 1584, place of storage: London
  • Grimoire du pape Honorius - (allegedly by) Pope Honorius III, first printed in 1629
  • Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis - allegedly this was written by Salomon, contains the chapters: Ars Almadel, Ars Notoria, Ars Nova, Ars Paulina, Ars Goetia, Theurgia Goetia
  • Der goldene Brunn
  • Galdrabok - unknown author, ca. 1600, Iceland
  • Der goldene Habermann, ca. 1505, place of storage: Capuchin monastery in Füssen
  • Arcanum Experimentia praetiosum - place of storage: Monastery Salmansweiler

-> See also Grimoires

Movies and Series[edit | edit source]

  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • Supernatural - TV-Series 2005 - present, by Eric Kripke.
  • Charmed - TV-Series 1998 - 2006, created by Constance M. Burge
  • The Possession - 2012, by Ole Bornedal and produced by Sam Raimi
  • Evil Dead - movie series, by Sam Raimi, starring Bruce Campbell
  • Ash vs Evil Dead - TV-series
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose - from 2005 - is based on the Anneliese Michel case
  • The Conjuring - this movie from 2013 is based on the haunting of the Perron Family in 1970, Rhode Island
  • The Rite - 2011, directed by Mikael Håfström, starring Anthony Hopkins, based on the life of Rev. Gary Thomas

Novels[edit | edit source]

  • Goblin Slayer

Alleged real cases of possession[edit | edit source]

  • Anneliese Michel, †1976 (cause of death: starvation)
  • Anna Ecklund, 1912, Earling, Iowa
  • Roland Doe (also: Robbie Mannheim) - inspired "The Exorcist", by William Peter Blatty
  • Michael Taylor- Ossett murder case 1974, West Yorkshire, England. Inspired actions in the novel Nineteen Seventy-Seven, by David Peace.
  • David Berkowitz - murdered six New York City residents (1977) allegedly under demonic possession of an entity named "Papa Sam".
  • Clara Germana Cele - possessed after a pact with the devil 1906, Natal, South Africa
  • Elizabeth Knapp, Groton, Massachusetts, 1671
  • George Lukins - 1778
  • Arne Cheyenne Johnson - aka: “The Devil Made Me Do It Case” - 1981. Johnson was convicted of manslaughter on November 24, 1981, in Brookfield, Connecticut. Johnson had claimed the devil made him kill his landlord Alan Bono.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • "Daemon" (Demon) is also the term of a computer program, which runs as a background process.