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History and Functions of Demonology for Idiots: Part 2

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Demons as Pets

Some of my friends are a "dog person" or a "cat person" but personally, I am a "demon person". I must say, pretty sweet animal. You just need to make sure that the acid from the fangs does not burn the carpet.

A demon associated with a certain person for a long time was considered to be domestic. The very idea goes back to the ancient Greek notion of ​​a demon that accompanies a person from birth to death. Both a lower spirit and one of the higher ones can act as a personal assistant - the first will become something like a house spirt, and the second - an adviser and a mentor.

The ancient idea of ​​a house spirit (spiritus familiaris) was appropriated by Christian demonology through the idea of ​​power: allegedly, a demon takes on the appearance of a house spirit because he wants to dominate a certain person or his family. Sometimes the household demon figured as a prisoner, which the owner kept and forced to fulfill his whims through magic. Sometimes, on the contrary, he had the status of a friend and adviser, respected by the owner and free to act.

Often, a personal demon was invisible to others. A rather interesting property for domestic succubi and incubi - in the treatise "On the demonomania of witches" Jean Boden talks about a certain sorceress, whose incubus always followed the mistress even with her husband, who did not notice anything. Such a connection could last for many years - the same treatise speaks of a seventy-year-old priest who admitted that he had lived with a succubus demon for fifty years.

In fact, personal demons were attributed to almost all the prominent people of the late Middle Ages. Paracelsus called his household demon Azoth and kept him in a crystal apple that adorned his famous sword. The enemies of Henry III, the son of Catherine de Medici, claimed that he was friends with a demon named Terragon. In the anonymous pamphlet "Reproaches to Heinrich of Valois for terrible things ...", addressed directly to the king, this is directly stated. And also about the fact that witches settled in the Louvre.

Household lower demons, a rethinking of house spirits, according to Johann Wier's Stories, are cute in appearance and are used to performing the duties of servants: cooking, lighting candles, cleaning, etc. But they often only seem to be friends of the human race.

For example, a domestic demon took root in the kitchen of the Bishop of Hildesheim. Everything was going well until one of the servants offended the spirit. He complained to the cook, asking him to calm down the offender, and the cook ironically remarked that the demon should not be afraid of the servants.

Then the demon strangled the offender, poisoned the food prepared for the feast with the poison of toads, and every night he began to make noise and mischief in the castle, forcing the guards not to shirk their duties.

Well, to be honest, this situation could have been avoided quite simply by not insulting the demon. Nobody likes being insulted.

Martin Luther swung the coolest of all: he not only turned a personal demon from a friend and assistant into an obsessive opponent, but also declared that the devil himself comes to him every night and forces him to enter into a discussion with him.

In many cultures including Thailand and Russia there is a notion of a house or a land demon. In Russia they are identified as Domovoi, a spirit of the house that you have to befriend by leaving offerings like milk and honey. In Thailand (based on my understanding) there are little altars to the spirits of the land that enjoy red sugary drinks and are often appeased with fanta.


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Cats and their Relationship with Demons

In the Middle Ages, not only demonologists, but all peasants knew perfectly well that cats were servants of the devil.

Any image of a cat on medieval engravings - consider the image of the devil directly. The cat was considered one of the most popular devilish guises. Why is that? The consonance of the name of cats in European languages ​​(Katze, cat, chat, etc.) played a role with the name of heretics - the cult of the Cathars. There was a legend about St. Dominica, who of the nine heretics in Languedoc expelled the devil, who had the appearance of a huge black cat. And by the way, Dominic preached specifically against the Cathars.
A medieval witch, as a rule, either keeps a cat at home, or knows how to take on the appearance of a tailed one. Jean Bodin, in his treatise "On the demonomania of witches," writes that the witches of Vernon (the witch trial of 1586) used to gather for sabbats in the old castle, where they got turned into cats. Four men who made their way into the castle were attacked by demonic creatures that, after death, with a sigh, took on human form.

If the witch herself does not turn into a cat, then the devil can give her a furry friend. Here the witch does not have a very large choice: a cat or a raven. Cats are easier to deal with. As a familiar, the cat has a reputation as a "thief" - it can be sent to steal anything, and the mustachioed Murka will certainly bring prey to the mistress. For example, like here.
Magical properties were also attributed to the cat's body - for example, a cat could see demons, and a wonderful poison was obtained from the brain of a witch's cat.

In the Book of Subtleties of Various Natural Creations (XII century) by the German nun Hildegard of Bingen, it is reported that a cat restores its natural juices by licking toads and snakes, and without them the cat will die. As a result, from their poison, she herself becomes poisonous from the inside.

There was also an opinion that if a cat was “rubbed with grass called nepeta” (this grass is better known as catnip or catnip), then Murka would certainly become pregnant without the participation of a cat.

The cries of cats, their unsociable nature and narrow, snake-like pupils also spoiled the mustachioed reputation. Often one could come across stories that cats lead satanic round dances at night, and their cries are nothing more than an appeal to the devil, and not to the owner who forgot to feed them.

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Music and Demons

Demonologists believed that the devil was very fond of music. Because any music that existed outside the churches and was not intended for prayer fell into his area of ​​​​the devils entertainment.

The devil has a personal musical interval - "tritone", one of the most dissonant combinations, was also known as diabolus in musica until the 19th century.

Musicians, no matter how well they play, for a medieval demonologist will always remain unclean and servants of the devil. Hieronymus Bosch's triptych "Gardens of Earthly Delights" reflects the idea that in hell musical instruments are used as instruments of torture - in the picture you can find a lute player chained like a pillory to his lute; prostrate, as on a red-hot grate, on his harpist's instrument, etc.

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