DEMONOLOGY, THE CONJURATION OF DEMONS
Demonology is the science and religious practice of supernatural beings called demons, devils, spirits, or geniuses. A demon is a spiritual being of an angelic nature that has been condemned for eternity due to his rebellion against God. As pure spirits, demons are not made up of matter. Because they do not have bodies, demons are not inclined to any "sins of the flesh" (i.e., it is impossible for them to commit the sins of lust or gluttony). The sins of demons are exclusively spiritual. But they can tempt human beings to sin in matters of the flesh.
Demonology also involves the belief that the events of the earthly life is influenced by the spirits belonging to some spiritual hierarchy in which they act as messengers or agents of the same Supreme spirit. Not all spirits are malicious; those that are associated with inanimate nature, can be either indifferent to man, or even friendly to him.
The Kinds of Demons
The spirits of the plant world. The loss of crops and crop failures were attributed to the action of evil spirits. Every vegetable, every fruit, every tree, bush or flower had its the spirit of defender against the spirit of the pest. It was assumed that these spirits are in a constant struggle, and the people had to first appease and protect yourself from the second, by performing sacrifices, observing various taboos and strictly following ancient customs. Water spirits are good and evil spirits of lakes, springs, streams and rivers.
Home spirits and the spirits of the community. Also known as "geniuses", they were considered the protectors of the home or the entire habitat of the tribe. Often these spirits was like snakes. Home toad or serpent did not cause harm people because they saw them as the epitome of a friendly spirit, and because the life expectancy of the father of the family depended on the length of life of a toad or a snake.
The spirits of ancestors. Belief in spirits of the ancestors and the practice of ancestor worship are most widespread. A more primitive form of demonology believes evil spirits is the souls of suicides, people who have died a violent death, and women who died in childbirth. The spirits of the people, after the death of the remaining unburied, instilled the greater fear than ordinary ghosts. The worship of the spirits of ancestors as deities or as the immortal souls of the deceased members of the genus reflects the belief in immortality and the almost universal belief that death does not destroy the connection of the individual with the community, tribe or race. The posthumous status of the individual depends on his lifetime status. Therefore, the spirit of the deceased is treated with the same respect, love or fear, which he instilled in his lifetime. All the dead inspire reverential fear, but those who lived a bad life or died a violent death, Slavic people fear much more: people believed that they are inclined to do harm or wish for revenge. So people should make every effort to protect themselves from harmful spirits or demons. Hence the crucial role played by the expulsion of evil spirits and spells.
The demons of dreams. With faith in the spirits of their ancestors due to the extremely common among primitive peoples the belief that demons are people in my sleep. In this regard, particularly interesting is the belief that horses are particularly prone to attacks of the demons that jump up on them at night and drive them to death. This superstition is the origin of the word "nightmare". Other beings who are possessed by demons, vampires, poltergeists, werewolves, mad dogs and tigers - can be in a dream too and torment people when they are sleeping.
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