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What Is A Demon

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What Is a Demon?

The English dictionary defines a demon as an evil spirit or devil, especially one thought to possess a person or act as a tormentor in hell. However, the word ‘demon’ can have a much wider interpretation than that, since demon has different meanings in different cultures. Today, we take a closer look at the demon phenomenon and what it means.

The Origins of Demon

Demon is a word that stems from Koine Greek. Surprisingly, the original Greek word did not have a negative meaning. In Ancient Greek, demon (daimõn) referred to a spirit of divine power. References to this meaning can be found in the work of Plato, in which he depicts the divine inspiration of Socrates.

It is believed the word demon stems from the Greek word ‘daiesthai’, which means dividing or distributing. With this, it is important to remember that Ancient Greek terms do not have a connotation of evil and/or malevolence, which explains the original positive meaning of demon.

The First Appearance of Demon as a Demonic Spirit

First signs of a demon in a negative quotation can be traced back to ancient Mesopotamia. The Jewish Encyclopedia describes seven evil deities, referred to as the shedu. According to scripture, the shedu were storm demons who took on the form of winged bulls.

How Demon Evolved

Even though the original meaning of the word demon was positive, the word evolved with various cultures. The word demon was considered a harmful entity in Ancient Near Eastern religion, Abrahamic traditions, and even medieval Christian demonology. So, where a demon used to be a divine power, these cultures transformed the word demon into an entity that could cause demonic possession.

Other cultures believe the demon is an entity that can be conjured and controlled, much like the Golem in certain religions. The demon as a controllable entity was mainly present in Renaissance magic, a belief that stemmed from Christian demonology, Jewish Aggadah, and Greco-Roman magic.

Where Do Demons Come From?

The occurrence of demons has been described in numerous cultures. One of the descriptions comes from Hebrew mythology, where demons were said to manifest from the so-called netherworld. Diseases and ailments from that time were attributed to them, especially brain-related conditions such as epilepsy, nightmares, and catalepsy. There was even a demon of blindness, who carried the name Shabriri. It was believed the demon rested underwater and would blind anyone who drank from the water where he resided.

Aside from Hebrew mythology, there are numerous references to demons in other cultures and religions; this includes Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and even Paganism. Despite the variations in each religion, all stem from the original word ‘daimõn’ from Ancient Greek.

Is There Such a Thing as Demons?

The existence of demons has never been scientifically proven, so it much comes down to personal belief and religion. Some people believe demons to be evil spirits, while others believe in demons as mentioned in the Old Testament.

Since the word demon has evolved considerably over the years and even lost its original meaning through various cultures, the interpretation and meaning of demon can mean many different things to different people. Much like religion, the demon is a serious point of discussion. Further research must be done in this field to determine its exact meaning, even its existence.



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  1. I have met so many demons in the country I am currently living and residing in. I also had too many encounters with them in my own country. I know they are real and I have first hand experience of what they are and keeping themselves busy with. They live in my city and they are very actively dating, making money, but worse of all destroying the family unit. I find them extremely selfish and destructive. When I was first introduced to them I thought the were human just like me, but as I am getting older I have had to realize that they were never quite human, and that is a scary thought. Their powers are also a great irritating thing to deal with. They have even taken over the animals in my house,but an animal does know a thing or two about getting a demon out of the system. But I must say I found it extremely strange when I realized that they love sitting in ones animal pet and that they even consider them lovers.It has been very stressful for me to deal with them. They kidnapped my son years ago, this is not a lie and after that they have taken my whole world over.I have no life, and if you would like to I can discuss this with you in detail.I hope you could spare me a few minutes to talk about this very important thing I feel I need to talk to someone about,

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