Encyclopedia of Demons in World Religions and Cultures


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About the Book

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.

About the Author(s)

Theresa Bane, a professional vampirologist, has appeared on numerous podcasts, television, and radio shows for her expertise on the undead and is the author of other books on unusual phenomena. She lives in Staunton, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Theresa Bane
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 416
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6360-2
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8894-0
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Myth and Legend Encyclopedias

Table of Contents

Preface      1
Introduction      5


Bibliography      339
Index    371

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “a fine pick for literary reference collections, enthusiastically recommended”—Midwest Book Review
  • “well-researched…valuable”—Against the Grain
  • “extensive”—Booklist
  • “extremely thorough and well researched”—ARBA
  • “covers demonic entities from a wide variety of traditions”—SciTech Book News