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Demons of Gods

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St. Anthony plagued by demons, engraved by Martin Schongauer in the 1480s.
A demon, daemon or fiend, is a supernatural, often malevolent being prevalent in religion, occultism, literature, fiction, mythology and folklore. The original Greek word daimon does not carry the negative connotation initially understood by implementation of the Koine δαιμόνιον (daimonion),[1] and later ascribed to any cognate words sharing the root.
In Ancient Near Eastern religions as well as in the Abrahamic traditions, including ancient and medieval Christian demonology, a demon is considered an unclean spirit, sometimes a fallen angel, the spirit of a deceased human, or a spirit of unknown type which may cause demonic possession, calling for an exorcism. In Western occultism and Renaissance magic, which grew out of an amalgamation of Greco-Roman magic, Jewish demonology and Christian tradition,[2] a demon is a spiritual entity that may be conjured and controlled.
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1 Terminology
2 Psychological archetype
3 By tradition
3.1 Ancient Near East
3.1.1 Mesopotamia
3.1.2 Ancient Arabia
3.1.3 Hebrew Bible
3.2 Judaism
3.2.1 Demons in Second Temple-period texts Demons in Biblical interpretation Apotropaic prayers Rituals against evil Demons under divine authority Influence on human sin Watchers/nephilim Belial
3.2.2 Kabbalah
3.3 Christian demonology
3.4 Ceremonial magic
3.5 Wicca
3.6 Islam
3.7 Hinduism
3.7.1 Asuras
3.7.2 Evil spirits
3.8 Bahá'í Faith
4 See also
5 References
6 Citations
7 Further reading
8 External links

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