The Demons of Ramayana

In the Sanskrit epic Ramayana, the hero Rama and his army of monkey and bears fight and slay many demons, including the demon king Ravana, who had 10 heads and 20 arms. The Ramayana (Tales of Rama; The Freer Ramayana), Volume 2, 1597 #FolkloreThursday ⠀

Hepoth

Hepoth is demon named in The Keys of Solomon that has the power to make any person seem to appear, even if they are a great distance away. He’s servant to the spirit Sirachi, who serves under Lucifer. #MythologyMonday ⠀

Nisnas or Nasnas – Jinn of the forest

Though jinn are normally thought of spirits of the desert, some types have been found lurking in the forest too. In the forests of Yemen, one might come across the nisnas or nasnas, a jinn that resembles a man split in half. Reportedly, their flesh tastes sweet. #FolkloreThursday⠀

Nisnas or Nasnas – Jinn of the forest

Though jinn are normally thought of spirits of the desert, some types have been found lurking in the forest too. In the forests of Yemen, one might come across the nisnas or nasnas, a jinn that resembles a man split in half. Reportedly, their flesh tastes sweet. #FolkloreThursday⠀

Grilandas inventum libri by Paolo Grillandi

Grilandas inventum libri by Paolo Grillandi is a series of 16th century diagrams that tied aspects of the human body to astrology. The Italian author wrote seminal books on witchcraft and demonology and was a papal judge in witch trails.⠀

Alleborith

Alleborith: a demon from The Testament of Solomon. While most demons have many powers to inflict horrid ills upon humans, Alleborith has only one: he can cause people to choke on fish bones. No angel is assigned to banish him, perhaps because of how minor & specific his power is. Art by Eve Harms⠀

Art depicting the apocalypse from Raphael’s Almana

Art depicting the apocalypse based on the astrological predictions in the magazine Raphael’s Almana, circa 1832. ⠀

Raphael, whose pen name was meant to invoke the power of the archangel of the same name, made grand predictions as opposed to personal ones.⠀

Gamigin

Gamigin is a marquis who rules thirty legions of lesser demons. With his necromantic powers, he revives the souls of the dead who were drowned at sea or stuck in purgatory. The souls appear into airy, non-physical bodies, where they can be questioned. #FolkloreThursday⠀

Rahovart

Rahovart is a companion of Satan and tormentor of humans. He causes avalanches and possesses the elderly. If you die while possessed by him, your soul is collected into his basket where you will stay until Judgement Day. Image: Dictionnaire Infernal, 1863⠀

The Shakchunni

In Bengali folklore, a Shakchunni is the ghost of a married woman. They usually wear Shankha, the coral or shell bangles that they were given as a part of their wedding ceremony. In this picture, from a classic folklore book, the Shakchunni is spreading cow dung mixed with water.

The Demons of Pleiades

The constellation Pleiades is personified by seven sisters in many mythologies. In Solomonic lore, it’s the demons Klothod and her sisters: Deception, Strife, Jealousy, Power, Error, and “The Worst”. Solomon bound them and forced them to dig his temple’s foundation. #MythologyMonday⠀