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The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology

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The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology explores this dark aspect of folklore and religion and the role that demons play in the modern world. This comprehensive resource presents more than 400 entries and more than 80 black-and-white photographs documenting beliefs about demons and demonology from ancient history to the present.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 15th 2009 by Checkmark Books (first published 2009)
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Very good collection of demon lore, although some entries felt like duplicate, cut-and-paste for the sake of increasing the page numbers. Still, well-researched and unbiased.
The 72 demon's powers and attributes (if you want to call them that) were similar and sometimes exactly the same, but with a different amount of legions. Although, some demons work together I would have liked to have seen a list of the hierarchy. There is mention of dukes, marquis, grand dukes, earls, princes, kings, and presidents. Should I use modern time lists to see who is the most powerful or what.
There are some interesting things to learn about possession, witchcraft, amulets, seals, and...more
Not my usual taste, but I've been on a religious nonfiction kick lately, and I figured this would be an interesting way to learn about historical religion. "Interesting" is stretching it at times, but it's a thorough treatment of all kinds of crazy things: artistic representation of various demons, the non-biblical Solomon legends (hosts and hosts of demons, most of which have wacky powers), various hauntings, and a dash of spiritism. The witch panics are probably the most interesting entries--s...more
Nov 08, 2013 David added it
it was awesome and helpful in my research
Thomas Sheridan
A facinating and useful history of demonology and will appeal to many people - not just the spooky brigade. The only complaint is some of the drawings are a bit cartoonish next to the historical woodcuts. Ms Guiley is one of the few writers into the supernatural who works hard to deliver non-sensationalists information concerning the shadowlands of the human experience.
Taty V
Es bueno, es como leer el diccionario, es para consultar cosas especificas, es un libro muy completo, abarca toda la descripción real y mitológica de los demonios desde el antiguo Egipto hasta la actualidad.
Tough to slog through at times (it's like reading the encyclopedia...oh, wait), but interesting nonetheless.
Sep 07, 2011 Sam marked it as to-read
Ordered this while quite drunk... came in the mail today. Nice one, me!
The book really was not what I had expexted, it was a real let down :{
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awesome book
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