Encyclopedia of Demons in World Religions and Cultures

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This exhaustive volume catalogs nearly three thousand demons in the mythologies and lore of virtually every ancient society and most religions. From Aamon, the demon of life and reproduction with the head of a serpent and the body of a wolf in Christian demonology, to Zu, the half-man, half-bird personification of the southern wind and thunder clouds in Sumero-Akkadian mythology, entries offer descriptions of each demon's origins, appearance and cultural significance. Also included are descriptions of the demonic...

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Encyclopedia of Demons in World Religions and Cultures

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Overview

This exhaustive volume catalogs nearly three thousand demons in the mythologies and lore of virtually every ancient society and most religions. From Aamon, the demon of life and reproduction with the head of a serpent and the body of a wolf in Christian demonology, to Zu, the half-man, half-bird personification of the southern wind and thunder clouds in Sumero-Akkadian mythology, entries offer descriptions of each demon's origins, appearance and cultural significance. Also included are descriptions of the demonic and diabolical members making up the hierarchy of Hell and the numerous species of demons that, according to various folklores, mythologies, and religions, populate the earth and plague mankind. Very thoroughly indexed.

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Midwest Book Review
a fine pick for literary reference collections, enthusiastically recommended
Against the Grain
well-researched...valuable
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extensive
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786463602
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/11/2012
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Theresa Bane, a professional vampirologist, has appeared on the Discovery Channel's "Twisted Histories: Vampires" and "William Shatner's Weird or What" for her expertise on the undead and is the author of other books on unusual phenomena. She lives in Staunton, Virginia.

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