The Complete Book of Devils and Demons

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From demons to fallen angels, folk monsters to possession and exorcism, Satanic pacts to black masses, humans have tried to define and combat evil throughout the centuries. Worried about evil influences in your own life or just curious to learn more? The Complete Book of Devils and Demons is your guide to the history of otherworldly evils among men and the practices surrounding their elimination or worship. Read within to learn about zombies and ritual magic, the princes of Hell, which demons are to be courted ...

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Overview

From demons to fallen angels, folk monsters to possession and exorcism, Satanic pacts to black masses, humans have tried to define and combat evil throughout the centuries. Worried about evil influences in your own life or just curious to learn more? The Complete Book of Devils and Demons is your guide to the history of otherworldly evils among men and the practices surrounding their elimination or worship. Read within to learn about zombies and ritual magic, the princes of Hell, which demons are to be courted for power or feared for the diseases they carry, and so much more. The Complete Book of Devils and Demons is a complete history—of the dark side.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One in every five Americans is cremated, and the ratio is expected to peak at 50% or 60% in the next century. Funeral directors whose mainstay is traditional burial have responded to this economic threat by attempting to get people to spend more on cremationwhether on crematable caskets, urn vaults, quick-burning incineration or elaborate pre-cremation funeral ceremonies. Furthermore, the insurance and funeral industries have teamed up to create a multibillion-dollar pay-before-you-die business of "pre-need contracts," with millions of people paying for their funerals and settling the details beforehand. In an unflinching, enlightening survey of the "death care industry," Cronin, an editor and writer for American Funeral Director and American Cemetery, defends morticians, casket makers and their ilk against charges of zealous profiteering. Most funeral and cemetery professionals are compassionate and fair, he maintains, adding that even their seemingly blatantly commercialized options cater to a societal need to provide a respectful farewell to loved ones. He closes with a sympathetic look at the nascent "natural death movement," which encourages people to tend to the dead themselves rather than pass the responsibility on to a funeral director. Nov.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616083335
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 497,622
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Dr. Leonard R. N. Ashley (PhD, Princeton; LHD, Columbia Theological)
is a professor Emeritus of Brooklyn College of The City University of New York and has published more than twenty books on literary history, linguistics (onomastics and geolinguistics), military history, folklore, popular culture, and the occult. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 His Satanic Majesty 13

Chapter 2 A Host of Demons 49

Chapter 3 Dealing with the Devil 105

Chapter 4 In the Service of Satan 133

Chapter 5 Some Major People 173

Chapter 6 Some Minor Spirits 211

Chapter 7 Satanism in the Modern World 245

Index 277

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