Between God & The Devil: Mexico’s Land of Sorcerers



Oh Seigneur ! Oh Satan ! Laisse-moi entrer dans le plus profond de ton être. Je sais que tu es là. Je te sens. Et je te remercie encore une fois d’être là avec moi. Qu’il en soit ainsi… et ainsi il en sera. Je suis Alejandro Mendoza, rédacteur en chef de VICE au Mexique.

On va entrer dans la ville de Catemaco, dans l’État de Veracruz. Catemaco est connue pour ses grandes réserves naturelles, sa sainte patronne, Notre Dame du Carmel, et parce que Mel Gibson a tourné Apocalypto ici. Mais la ville est surtout connue pour ses shamans et ses magiciens qui pratiquent la magie noire et blanche.

On est venus démêler le vrai du faux dans une ville qui vit grâce à la magie. [LA TERRE DES SORCIERS] Il a fallu 3 heures 30 pour relier Veracruz à Catemaco. Sur place, on a trouvé une voiture pour pouvoir se balader en ville,

Et il se trouve qu’elle appartient à l’entreprise de pompes funèbres, Funeraria Velazco. Catemaco se situe dans la Sierra de Los Tuxtlas, dans le golfe du Mexique. Les Olmèques ont été ses premiers habitants, suivis par les Mexicas. Puis les colons espagnols sont arrivés et ont ramené des esclaves afro-cubains et afro-haïtiens dans la région.

Chacun avait son propre système de croyance, ce qui a conduit à un syncrétisme très particulier qui mélangeait les fois indigènes au catholicisme, à la “santeria” cubaine et au vaudou haïtien. Cela, après quelques siècles de capitalisme et de mondialisation, a fait de Catemaco ce qu’on voit

Aujourd’hui : une espèce de parc à thème plein de sorciers, où des rituels qui sont même sponsorisés par le gouvernement de l’État attirent des gens de tout le pays, venus en quête de santé, d’argent, d’amour et de pouvoir. On va faire un tour sur le lac de Catemaco, qui est vraiment spectaculaire.

Ils nous emmènent à la grotte où ils disent que Notre Dame du Carmel leur est apparue. “Clarita” est prête. C’est notre moyen de transport. Tu crois qu’un foutu croco pourrait sortir de là ? Non ? Le lac de Catemaco abrite une grande réserve naturelle, Nanciyaga, et quelques îles habitées par des singes.

La légende dit que Notre Dame du Carmel serait apparue à un pêcheur dans une grotte, et depuis, les gens viennent lui demander des miracles. Voici la grotte où la Vierge est apparue. Ce qui est étrange au sujet de cet endroit, c’est que les gens laissent des mèches de cheveux

Et des photos de personnes qui semblent souffrir d’une maladie. Bien que la grotte de la Vierge soit un site catholique, on a commencé à voir des trucs qui ressemblaient à de la sorcellerie. Les gens viennent demander la santé, le bien-être et offrent quelque chose à la Vierge en échange.

On a vu la partie religieuse. Maintenant, on va voir l’autre partie, le côté obscur, le mysticisme. Après la grotte de la Vierge, on a rendu visite à Don Reyes Alvarez, un vieux sorcier parmi les plus respectés de Catemaco. Bonjour, Alejandro. Reyes Alvarez Montes, je peux vous aider ?

Naturellement, on vous attendait pour voir ce qu’on pouvait faire pour vous. Don Reyes, aussi appelé Juan Francisco de la Peau Rouge, se qualifie de maître en botanique, en sciences occultes, et shaman. Il dit être un expert en chiromancie, en occultisme, en télépathie et en transmission de pensées.

La maison de Don Reyes a des autels dédiés aux esprits, bons et mauvais. On pourrait penser qu’un sorcier choisit son camp, satanisme ou catholicisme. Mais ici, il semblerait que tout se vaut. Entrez, mes frères. Entrez. Je suis né au Mexique, dans le centre spirituel El Peñon.

Celui qui travaille avec la Mort, c’est monsieur Reyes Alvarez Montes. Le spirituel, c’est Juan Francisco de la Peau Rouge. Je suis un shaman, et l’esprit de l’indien apache entre en moi. C’est lui qui travaille et qui soigne. Reyes Alvarez n’existe plus. Ici, on soigne des vésicules biliaires jusqu’à tout type de cancer –

De la prostate, du sein ou tout autre cancer de stade 1 ou 2. Les cancers de stade 3, non. Mais c’est Juan Francisco de la Peau Rouge qui fait tout. Après avoir expliqué comment il travaillait, Don Reyes nous a montré ses autels. La deuxième salle, là, est celle de la Très Sainte Mort,

Compagne inséparable du monde souterrain. Il se dit que, quand c’était une femme, elle a souffert d’un amour non réciproque, et qu’elle s’est suicidée. Naturellement, elle n’a pas été acceptée au Paradis. Mais on lui a donné le pouvoir de collecter les morts, leurs âmes et leurs esprits,

Et les emmener en Enfer, ou à Dieu. La blanche représente la pureté et la noire est du monde souterrain. C’est l’amie et la compagne de Satan. Il y a aussi celle aux 7 couleurs qui représente tout. Jaune pour l’envie, bleu le travail, vert pour surmonter les défis,

Rouge l’amour, blanc la pureté, et noir pour le monde souterrain. C’est la personne, la femme qui a descendu Jésus de la croix après sa crucifixion et qui l’a emmené. Voici une table de sacrifice. Je prends mon idole qui est satanique et je la place là-bas. J’attache les pattes de la chèvre ici.

C’est le moment du sacrifice. C’est la table de sacrifice. Quels autres sacrifices peut-on faire ici ? Tout, du moment que c’est du sang animal, et non humain. Voici le sanctuaire où je garde leurs images. Satan, Lucifer, Jéhovah et Adonaï. On travaille toujours avec Satan. Tu viens, tu me ramènes une photo

De la personne, je fais une poupée de cire. Ici, c’est une femme. Je plante ma dague, je fais une boîte noire, je mets la poupée dedans et je vais enterrer la boîte au cimetière. Là-dedans, il y a des photos de gens, pour le vice, naturellement.

Ils souffrent. Au lieu de les tuer, ils les font tomber dans le vice. Donc ils sont là, dedans. On lui offre aussi du tabac et de la marijuana. On peut aussi faire avec de la meth ou de la cocaïne. C’est ce que je brûle pour eux.

Vous avez déjà ressenti un malaise en provoquant la mort ? Non, bien sûr que non. Quand quelqu’un vient me voir, je lui demande s’il est sûr de sa demande. Parce que celui qui paye pourrait recevoir, demain, la monnaie de sa pièce.

Un tel va me dire : “Je veux un ranch. Tu m’as donné de l’argent, mais j’en veux plus.” Mais après, sa mère meurt, ses enfants meurent… Bien sûr, quelqu’un doit encaisser, pour ce qu’elle donne. Il faut adorer, mais pas se compromettre.

À la fin de ma visite, Don Reyes m’a baigné dans l’alcool pour me laver des mauvaises vibrations qui auraient pu venir de l’autel du monde souterrain. Catemaco est une ville d’environ 50 000 habitants. Ils disent qu’il y a un sorcier ou un shaman dans chaque rue.

Des milliers de personnes viennent chaque année s’offrir leurs services, et la sorcellerie est devenue un business lucratif pour la ville. Ici, on pratique le mysticisme depuis très longtemps, mais c’est devenu très populaire dans les années 1970 grâce aux émissions de télé de Gonzalo Aguirre, dit “le Grand Sorcier de la ville”.

Gonzalo est mort en 1982, mais nombre de ses disciples continuent de pratiquer la magie. Parmi eux, le Grand Sorcier actuel, Enrique Marthen, aussi appelé, le filleul du Diable. Enrique vient d’une longue lignée de personnes qui se consacraient à la magie. Il s’est fait connaître en exorcisant des esprits diaboliques,

Et en procédant à des purifications. Dans son immense maison, on a vu des autels pour tous types de saints et d’êtres magiques. Depuis les statues de Jesus Malverde, saint patron des narcos, aux animaux disséqués, la Sainte Mort, des masques aztèques et même une fresque d’un type qui ressemblait à Gandalf.

Au cours des 40 dernières années, il n’y a eu que 5 ou 6 Grands Sorciers. Ce titre est généralement donné à des gens de 70 ans ou plus. Pour moi, c’est un honneur. Surtout parce que je ne suis pas si vieux. J’ai 52 ans. Enrique était accompagné d’une horde d’adeptes.

L’une d’eux, Lupita, a insisté pour nous raconter son histoire. Mes racines sont ici à San Andres, Tuxtla. Et on m’a inculqué l’amour de la Sainte Mort, et l’amour à mon père, Luzbel. J’ai 2 filles, elles sont chrétiennes. Je vis loin d’elles, seule. OK. Mais je ne suis pas seule.

Ils étaient tous rassemblés pour une messe noire, dans un sanctuaire satanique qu’Enrique a construit à l’arrière de sa maison. Aujourd’hui, pour la 2ème fois, je m’abaisse devant toi, inclinant mon front, pour demander la permission de pénétrer ta maison. Encore une fois, on est en présence de cet homme prénommé Alex.

Aujourd’hui, avec cet être vivant, il va être purifié. Cet être vivant va extraire ce qui a pu… rester dans ou autour de son corps de négativité. En présence de cette petite communauté, on va éradiquer ce dont il n’a pas besoin, ce qui ne lui apporte pas le bonheur.

Nous détruisons, nous éradiquons tout ce qui ne sert pas au progrès, tout ce qui empêche cet homme prénommé Alex d’avancer, afin qu’il soit totalement libre de corps, de tête, d’âme et d’esprit. Je conjure et j’ordonne à tout être malfaisant de disparaître. Seigneur, je t’offre ce corps. Qu’il en soit ainsi…

Et ainsi il en sera pour toujours. Le Grand Sorcier a déchiré la poule face à la statue de Satan. Ils m’ont fait boire un peu de son sang et ont allumé un cercle de feu pour me protéger. Enrique nous a demandé de quitter le sanctuaire en arrière

Pour ne pas manquer de respect à Satan. Pour conclure la cérémonie, Enrique a allumé un pentagramme géant pour sceller les portes du monde souterrain qu’on aurait pu ouvrir, renvoyant les esprits invoqués là d’où ils viennent. Oh Satan ! Que le bruit des flammes soit

Le bruit de la joie qui inondera nos cœurs et nos corps. Qu’il en soit ainsi. La messe noire d’hier, avec Enrique, était un peu inquiétante. Aujourd’hui, on a été invités à une autre messe noire qui s’annonce plus tendue, parce qu’elle se tient dans la Grotte du Diable.

Là, on va à une messe blanche qui nous servira de protection pour ce qui va arriver ce soir. À l’opposé de la magie noire, la magie blanche sert à soigner et à protéger. Martin Villegas travaille avec les deux magies.

Il travaille aussi avec “Plume dorée”, une médium qui serait possédée par l’esprit d’un enfant aztèque. Lumière et force je te donne, sœur spirituelle, pour que tu sois possédée par l’esprit qui arrive. Lumière et force je te donne, sœur spirituelle. Lumière et force. Je m’appelle Plume dorée. Bienvenue. Je ne suis pas seule.

On est un groupe d’êtres de lumière au service de notre sœur, l’humanité. Que veut-il savoir ? On doit aller à une messe dans la Grotte du Diable. Je veux savoir si tout ira bien. Vous reviendrez bien. Vous devez vous protéger. Je vous demande de porter vos sous-vêtements à l’envers. OK.

Ça a été capté. Ils ont entendu, et on va le leur rappeler. Où est le tabouret ? Juste là. C’est tout pour la session avec la médium. Vous avez entendu ce qu’elle avait à dire. Maintenant, pour vous protéger, vous allez tous porter vos sous-vêtements à l’envers. Tout ce qui s’écoule emporte l’énergie négative.

Maintenant, on va demander la permission pour pouvoir commencer. Je vais commencer par souffler dans la conque. Nous ouvrons la porte depuis le seuil pour que nous soit permis de prendre l’énergie des 4 éléments. Et que cette porte ne laisse sortir que les esprits de paix. Que les démons restent dehors.

Qu’ils ne puissent pénétrer ce lieu qui est blanc, propre et pur. Je te protège. Du bout de tes cheveux jusqu’aux doigts de pieds. L’énergie positive de l’eau va pénétrer en toi. OK, tu peux ouvrir les yeux. Maintenant, on peut tranquillement aller à la messe noire ? Vous êtes tranquilles.

Porter mes sous-vêtements à l’envers et me faire cracher dessus ne m’a pas rendu plus serein. Mais il était temps d’affronter la Grotte du Diable. La Grotte du Diable est à 40 minutes de Catemaco. En chemin, on a discuté avec Felix Oseguera, un autre sorcier très respecté

Qui a travaillé avec des politiciens tels que l’actuel gouverneur de Veracruz, Javier Duarte, l’ancien président Vicente Fox, et l’ancien sénateur Diego Fernandez de Ceballos. Au Mexique, les liens entre politique et sorcellerie viennent de loin. D’après le livre “Les sorciers du pouvoir” de José Gil Olmos,

De nombreux présidents mexicains comme Miguel de Madrid, Carlos Salinas de Gortari et Enrique Peña Nieto ont demandé de l’aide pour leurs carrières politiques. Quel genre de services les gens demandent-ils au Diable ? Beaucoup demandent vengeance ou la mort d’un tel, d’autres veulent qu’on ouvre un portail de lumière, une porte spirituelle

Pour que leurs affaires avancent et prospèrent. Les gens viennent invoquer les êtres du monde souterrain pour demander ce genre de services. On a quitté le van pour s’enfoncer dans la jungle, vers un lac. Bien que Martin soit un sorcier brillant qui a travaillé pour des clients puissants,

Il s’inquiète que beaucoup de ses collègues profitent des besoins et du désespoir des gens pour abuser d’eux. Le problème avec ces pratiques irresponsables, c’est qu’elles sont devenues commerciales et non plus spirituelles. Tout le monde peut s’établir et devenir guérisseur du jour au lendemain. Combien demandent-ils pour une purification ?

Ces personnes peuvent demander jusqu’à 500 pesos [25 €]. Et si un client est vraiment dans la merde, ils peuvent lui soutirer 5 000 pesos [250 €]. Jusqu’à 50 000 pesos [2 500 €], et ils promettent de résoudre ses problèmes. Et s’il arrête de payer, ils vont l’extorquer.

Ils disent que quelqu’un leur a jeté un sort. Putain. Que Satan demande une offrande. Qu’il faut leur donner de l’or ou des trucs comme ça. Donc les gens payent. On va arriver à la porte. C’est vraiment raide. Un faux pas et tu peux mal finir. On y est. Je suis fatigué.

Voici l’entrée de la Grotte du Diable. Ils demandent la permission pour qu’on puisse entrer. Oh Seigneur ! Oh Satan ! Laisse-moi entrer dans le plus profond de ton être. Je sais que tu es là. Je te sens. Et je te remercie encore une fois d’être là avec moi.

Je crois que je marche dans de la merde de chauve-souris. Ma chaussure s’enfonce dedans. J’en ai vu quelques-unes qui volaient par là. Nous sommes venus jusqu’à ce sanctuaire pour demander que nos souhaits se réalisent. Qu’il en soit ainsi… et ainsi il en sera. Oh Satan !

Voici les prières à la mort qui sont réalisées. Ces prières ont été laissées par des gens. Celle-ci dit que telle femme devrait revenir immédiatement vers son mari. C’est ce que les gens demandent, ici. Visiter la Grotte du Diable n’était que le début du rituel.

Quand on a quitté la grotte, ils ont construit un autre pentagramme pour célébrer la messe noire. La cérémonie de clôture de la visite à la Grotte du Diable va commencer. Ils pensent qu’en brûlant le pentagramme, ils ferment la porte et remercient les esprits du monde souterrain pour leur protection.

Satan, en cette obscure journée, je viens t’offrir le modeste sacrifice de ce coq. Comme tu l’aimes. Nous demandons qu’en ce jour et cette nuit, culminant à cet instant, tu le reçoives avec approbation. Viens, Satan ! Voici ton festin. Viens en ce lieu. Reçois cette modeste offrande que j’ai pour toi.

Que son sang soit versé pour ton plaisir, et pour le mien. Reçois-le car c’est ta nourriture. C’est ce que tu aimes. Qu’il en soit ainsi… et ainsi il en sera… Toi et moi mangeons la même chose. Nous en connaissons le goût. C’est ton repas, et c’est aussi le mien.

Pour que tu continues de nous en donner. Qu’il en soit ainsi. À la fin du rituel, l’étoile a été allumée et le coq placé au milieu, en guise d’offrande. Ceux qui viennent à Catemaco recherchent l’aide de sorciers afin d’avoir la santé ou l’argent

Que les docteurs et le travail n’ont pas pu leur apporter. Ils cherchent l’amour, le pouvoir, la vengeance ou la mort qu’ils ne peuvent demander à Dieu, mais à la Santa Muerte ou à Satan. La sorcellerie répond au besoin des gens de croire en quelque chose et de trouver

Des issues à des situations difficiles. De nombreux sorciers ont une bonne réputation, et ils ont consacré leur vie aux arts occultes. Peut-être que certains d’entre eux canalisent des esprits ou parlent avec le Diable. Ou peut-être que la foi seule suffit à guérir des gens.

La plupart veulent sans doute aider ceux qui font appel à leurs services. Mais la popularité de la sorcellerie dans la région a aussi ramené pas mal d’escrocs et d’imposteurs qui veulent profiter du désespoir des gens qui viennent demander leur aide.

Ce qui est vrai, c’est que la pratique de la sorcellerie et la croyance des saints et des esprits extérieurs au catholicisme sont de plus en plus populaires au Mexique. Mais nulle part on ne le prend aussi au sérieux et de façon aussi spectaculaire qu’à Catemaco. Allez, on se casse. [TRADUCTION : STEPHEN SANCHEZ]

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Demonology Explained in Obsessive Detail



Demonology is the study of demons, which are essentially evil spirits that have the ability to influence the physical world, including ourselves, animals, and observable events. Whether or not we actually believe in the existence of these beings, Demonology is an occult science, meaning that there are distinct methods of classification and hierarchy, as

Well as identification of a demon s name and sigil, theories regarding their demonic powers and limitations, and complex rituals of summoning, command, and exorcism. Hundreds, if not thousands of grimoires have been written on this exact subject, a handful of which you ll learn about today. Demonology is just as important to the devoutly

Religious as it is to those who seek to control demons for their own nefarious purposes. This is because understanding the nature of demons can help a person protect themselves from their influence. This concept is called spiritual warfare, a battle between Good and Evil that

We are thought to be constantly engaged in. Of course, whether or not you accept this as Truth is up to you. Some people just find this stuff interesting, and I m not surprised why. Demonology is pretty cool. Hey fellow Seekers, welcome. I m Mr. Mythos.

If you re a fan of strange and ancient mysteries with research so deep, you re guaranteed to fall down the rabbit hole – you re in the right place. I humbly ask that you give this

Video a like, and ding the notifications bell so you don t miss any of the rare info we’ll be digging into every Saturday. In today s investigation, after a brief overview of the history of demons, we ll be focusing specifically on Christian Demonology, as it

S probably the most developed field of demon study. And yes we re going to get obsessively detailed with it, and I m going to teach you some weird things. But remember: there s nothing to fear, Mr. Mythos is here. And if you love the work I

Do, please consider supporting me on Patreon. Without further ado, let s dive right in. The term demon is actually derived from the Greek word, daim?n, which simply means a supernatural entity or spirit . In Ancient Greece, this term was not actually

Negative at all. These daim?ns could be either good or bad, or even completely neutral. For example, the philosopher Socrates talked about his own daim?n as a spiritual muse who inspired him to seek the truth of reality. Of course, daim?n or demon is simply a word.

And over time, that word evolved to specifically classify malicious entities that would have been blamed for deathly diseases, mental illness, or terrible and unlikely events such as a person s house mysteriously burning down, without any signs of foul play.

Perhaps the earliest record we have of malicious demons comes from the magical texts of ancient Mesopotamia, where seven evil entities were recorded. These 7 entities were called udug , and they were never visually represented, but simply described as dark shadows with

A distinct absence of light surrounding them, as well as a poisonous air and their incredibly loud, even deafening voice. Udugs were believed to be the cause of specific diseases, and detailed instructions of how to exorcise these demons make up some of earliest Sumerian texts,

Dating back to over 5000 years ago, in the third millennium BC. From a Christian perspective through, demons can get pretty complicated. To begin, it s true that in popular culture we consider angels good and demons bad, but in the original scripture, both of these beings were morally ambiguous. For example, angels

Were primarily messengers, and acted more as robots, programmed by God to do his bidding. Demons, as I said before, are a bit more complicated. They re directly connected to the idea of angels, because in ancient Christianity as well as its predecessor Judaism, demons were

Believed to be fallen angels, which are angels who committed sin and were permanently expelled from Heaven. So if regular angels essentially operated as robots, then demons, or fallen angels, would have broken their programming and intended purpose, instead going off to do their own thing, such as having sexual intercourse with

Human women simply because they found them beautiful. This specific instance is recorded in the 6th chapter of the Book of Genesis. In fact, Satan himself was supposed to be a former high-ranking angel whose original heavenly name was Lucifer. So it s important

To remember than all demons, including the Devil himself, are beings who have direct connection to God, and they also have powers that derive from Heaven, though limited to what God will allow. So, if there s one thing we must understand,

It s that Satan and all other demons are creations of the Almighty God, who essentially gives them permission and power to wreak havoc on Earth and tempt humans. While it s confusing to think about, the stance of the Church is that this is God s way of continually testing

And proving people s faith in Him, as those who turn to Satan make their own choice to sin. For example, King James of the famous King James Version of the Bible strongly emphasized that demons act under God s permission as

A Rod of Correction , and that s his own term by the way. All that being said, demons are essentially angels that failed to follow God s instructions. They aren t inherently evil, but more independent actors that are not so different from a human

In terms of actual morality. Some demons have their own personal agenda, some are tempted by primal desires such as sex, while others are directly influenced by Satan in Hell and actively serve his evil agenda. However, others may actually be good and, believe it or not, there are demons who worship God.

This is actually really, really interesting many times in the Bible, we see demons actively submitting to Jesus’ authority, Jesus being the son of God and part of the Holy Trinity. For example, every time a demon came into the presence of Jesus, they would pretty much

Automatically bow or even throw themselves to the ground and worship him, such as in Gospel of Mark. If we trace the appearances of demons from the oldest books of the Bible to the final ones written, such as the Book of Revelation,

You ll find that, at that time, there still was an idea that neutral and good demons existed however, the Bible gives most focus toward the evil ones, and those who specifically serve under Satan s legion. So, this is where we get the popular idea that demons are inherently

Evil. Over time, as Christianity developed and spread through Europe, there was a distinct change in the way that the term demon was used. It evolved beyond fallen angels and began to branch out to cover just about every untrustworthy pagan god, especially those in polytheistic religions such as that of ancient Greece,

Rome, Scandinavia, Germany, etcetera. All of these gods who were worshipped and believed to have influence on the physical world were considered by Early and Medieval Christians to be demonic entities, tempting people away from the One True God . This understanding of Demons was largely independent from the original Christian scripture, but

Became sort of its own apocrypha, since it was recorded by important Christian scholars, beginning around the second century AD. Of course, the folklore of these regions in which Christianity spread had their own legends of demonic entities, and from this folklore,

The idea of demons began to encompass much more than just fallen angels and pagan gods, but also ghosts, ghouls, goblins and fairies. All of these are lesser spirits who don t possess a physical body, but they have the ability to interact with the physical world,

Sometimes in very powerful ways. And conversely, we may interact with them, by conjuring their presence, speaking to them, and even controlling these entities through magic. At least that s what was believed. As I mentioned in the beginning, we ll be

Focusing on Christian Demonology, so let s talk about the nature, specifically of the evil fallen angels, the ones who serve Satan. What they look like, what powers they have, and how they carry out their mission. Their mission, of course, is to test one s faith

In God through temptation and manipulation of circumstances to gradually push a person over the edge. We ll begin with the defining features of demons and what these beings are capable of. Demons pretty much share the same nature as regular angels, being that they re non-physical, celestial, and immortal beings. They are not

Omniscient, but they typically have one specific body of knowledge they re specialized in. Sometimes this can be broad, such as natural and moral philosophy, or extremely narrow, such as the poisons and cures derived from herbs. The powers that demons have do come from Heaven, but are carefully limited by God. And typically,

Demons can only be in one place at one time, but some traditions suggest that the Devil can be omnipresent, which puts Satan s power in much higher category than any other known demon. The Gospel of Mark implies twice that multiple

Demons can cling to a single person, and in general, demons are known to torment their victim over long periods of time, as well as over multiple attempts, until they are able to fully possess the person and gain complete control. They re also able to torment

And possess animals, as seen in the Gospel of Luke. So, pretty much every living creature is vulnerable to their influence. But, when they re not clinging onto people and animals, where do demons go? Well, though we usually think of demons living

In Hell, the Gospel of Luke describes them as wandering endlessly in arid places , which means some waterless dimension apart from our own physical world. Their only home, where they feel most comfortable, is supposedly inside people, animals, or idols, which can be statues or images associated with pagan worship.

So, what do demons actually look like, especially when we know they aren t physical beings? Well, most of our typical image of demons actually comes from the Book of Revelation, especially the idea that they have horns. But this idea likely originates way earlier

With ancient pagan gods such as Moloch, who was portrayed as a bull. There were also other pagan gods who had the head of a bull, or wore bull horns as their crown. So, if you re like the ancient Christians who believed these gods were actually demons

Worshipped by those who fell victim to their temptations, then yeah, we could say that horns are a trait of some demons. However, the Bible makes it clear that demons can pretty much take on any physical appearance they desire, including ones we would associate

As good or even holy. For example, Second Corinthians states that demons can appear in the form of, QUOTE: false apostles masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. End Quote.

Speaking of the Devil in the Bible, Satan takes the form of various animals, including a serpent, a goat, and even a seven-headed red dragon. So it s pretty clear that no appearance can accurately be prescribed to demons they pretty much take whatever form helps them

Accomplish their goal. For example, there are two species of demons known as incubi and succubi, whose goal is temptation through seduction. The incubus thus appears in the form of an attractive man to seduce and have sexual intercourse

With women, and the succubus takes the form of an attractive woman to do the same with men. Moreover, the 15th century treatise on witchcraft, Malleus Maleficarum, states that some classes of demons prefer to take the form of children.

The identifying traits are that these children are abnormally heavy and don t grow over time as a normal child would. There are supposedly more identifying traits associated with demons who take a physical form. For example, their bodies would be abnormally

Cold even icy. But this icy belief evolved during the infamous Witch Trials, as supposed witches were tortured to give out information, so I wouldn t exactly call it reliable. What is somewhat reliable, yet extremely debated and controversial, is whether demons possess sexuality. Slight trigger warning by the way, as we ll

Be talking very generally and briefly about * encounters. So, sex-wise, the traditional Christian demons such as Satan and Beelzebub are pretty much always stated to be male, and this is consistent in both religious and occult sources. And

I hate to disappoint, but this includes succubi, who take the form of beautiful women in order to have intercourse with men. The succubus is, in fact, a male. On top of that, the succubus is thought to take the man s sperm, and then transform itself

Into an incubus, who then has sexual intercourse with a woman and uses that sperm to impregnate her. Theologians generally agree that this is how the first fallen angels produced offspring with human women in the Book of Genesis.

By the way, this is all despite them not actually having a physical body, but instead an intentionally manifested one. So in that sense, you could say that demons are almost definitely sexless and only conform to a perceived gender. As you may imagine, sexual attraction and

Lust are very important concepts in demonology, because they encompass some of the most powerful temptations a person might face being that our nature, just like any other living creature, is to reproduce. But, it wasn t always a brief demonic encounter

Of seduction and sex. In fact, most Christian demonologists would agree that long-term consensual relationships between humans and demons were entirely possible. The thought was that the relationship was one of pain and toxicity, however, many people who confessed to having these relationships, such as diabolical witches and 13th century

Luciferians, were pretty insistent that it was a satisfying and pleasurable experience. To each their own! We ll go in deeper about the abilities of demons and how one might go about summoning and controlling them, but first, we need to

Return back to what is the core of Demonology. Being that it s traditionally treated as a science, not so different from zoology, demonologists give a ton of focus to how demons are classified and placed into a hierarchy, because this is how we derive a better understanding of

What specific demons are capable of, what body of knowledge they specialize in, and what superiors they answer to. And it s through this deeper understanding that the demonologist gains power over the demon. There s no better place to start than getting to know the most powerful demons of them all,

And these are the archdemons. So, much like archangels who command choirs of angels, archdemons command legions of demons. Unlike in Angelology, however, Demonology doesn t have a concretely defined list of what specific demons are archdemons. There was and still is a lot of controversy about this in the occult world.

For example, there were the ancient Canaanite gods Baal and Astarte who, in ancient Christianity, became seen as two of the worst enemies of God. So early Demonology considered them to be archdemons, and associated them with the demons Bael and Astaroth. But as the religious

Worship of Baal and Astarte stopped, the perceived threat of these two supposed archdemons went away, and so did their place on hierarchy. That being said, there is a mostly consistent hierarchy of archdemons from the Middle Ages that survives into modern day, and these are

The 7 Princes of Hell. The 7 Princes are based upon the infamous 7 Deadly Sins, with each sin being associated with a specific archdemon as their primary method of temptation. This system comes from the anonymous 15th century tract known as the Lantern of Light.

The First Prince of Hell is Lucifer, the original fallen angel, who is associated with Pride. Second, we have Leviathan, who is a demonic sea serpent referenced throughout the Bible, and he is associated with envy. Third, there is Sathanas, which is Latin for Satan , the fallen form of Lucifer, and he represents wrath.

Fourth is Belphegor, said to be the laziest and most neglectful of all the former angels in Heaven, and of course, Belphegor represents sloth. The fifth is Mammon, a fallen angel who, according to occult writings, always looked down at the gold pavement of Heaven instead of up at God himself. Thus, Mammon is associated

With greed. The sixth is Beelzebub. In Catholic demonology, Beelzebub is thought to be one of the first three angels to fall from heaven, alongside Lucifer and Leviathan, and his name translates literally to Lord of The Flies . Beelzebub is associated with gluttony. Finally, the seventh is Asmodeus who is depicted

As a chimera with the chest of a man, the leg of a chicken, the tail of a dragon, and three heads that of a man, a ram, and a bull. Despite this absolutely hideous appearance, Asmodeus represents lust. So, beyond the 7 archdemons, there are countless

Medieval grimoires that contain very long lists, some with hundreds of entries – with very little consistency between them by the way – and these lists typically set out to organize lesser demons by office, rank, and title. As for titles, these are typically derived from the titles they held as angels before

Their fall from Heaven. For example, the demon Olivier was Prince of the Archangels, and thus he retains that title in Hell, even though that s clearly no longer his position. In terms of rank, demons are traditionally organized as a sort of military hierarchy,

With anything from a president who commands many legions of demons, to a general in charge of a specific group, all the way to those lesser demons who are essentially foot soldiers. For example, there is the demon Sargatanas who The Red Dragon grimoire states is a brigadier-major,

Commanding only three lesser demons Faraii, Loray, and Valefar and Sargatanas reports to his superior, the higher demon Astaroth. I m particularly fond of the 1818 Infernal Dictionary for the pretty mundane ranks assigned to some of these lesser demons. For example,

We ve got Melchom, the payer treasurer. Nisroch, chief of the kitchen. Behemoth, chief cupbearer. Dagon, grand pantler, which means he s in charge of the bread in the pantry. And Nybbas, the grand buffoon. Finally, in terms of office, this usually

Crosses over with rank, but an office can also be assigned to demon depending on the times and locations in which they appear in world of humans. For example, the demon Leonard is the great lord of the Sabbath, and the demon Belial is the Ambassador of Italy.

Finally, there is a hierarchy based on the cardinal directions, which are North, South, East, and West. This is found in the very famous grimoire, the Lesser Key of Solomon, and it suggests an alternative to the 7 Princes of Hell.

Instead of 7 Princes, there are 4 Kings of the Cardinal Directions who serve directly under Satan, and beneath them, these 4 kings command 72 powerful demons which King Solomon from the Bible allegedly summoned, but we ll get into that story a bit later.

The 4 Kings are as follows: King of the North is Ziminiar, and King of the West is Corson. Unfortunately, for both Ziminiar and Corson, there s hardly any information available beyond their name. So what they look like and what they represent are largely unknown. However, for the Kings of the East and South,

There is quite a bit more to dig into. The King of the East is Amaymon, who is recognized as the Lord of Avarice, which is extreme greed and materialism. Something a bit curious about Amaymon is that when a person summons this demon, they have to stand upright with their

Headdress removed in order to show respect and if they fail to do this, then Amaymon will pretend like everything is cool, but in secret, he ll set up the summoner s work for catastrophe. Moving on, the King of the South is a powerful

Demon known simply as Gaap. There s actually quite a bit of lore to this demon. First off, when Gaap takes a physical form, he presents himself as a charming human prince or some other high nobility. Gaap is closely associated with love, as well as pretty strange

And specific behaviors such as providing medical care for women, and while doing so, making them more attractive to the men, but at the same time, rendering them infertile. Probably in line with this idea, later grimoires described Gaap as having the power to make men stupid,

Or invisible. And, like we covered earlier, these demons tend to specialize in a body of knowledge, and Gaap is a master of the liberal arts. So, now we have an idea on how Demons are generally catalogued based on hierarchy, but

There can also be classification based on type meaning the instinctual nature and desires of certain demons and what sort of powers they possess. Actually, this isn t too different from classes of animals in Zoology most birds fly and most

Fish swim, and most succubi take the form of beautiful women and seduce men, for example. Something most people don t know is that King James of the King James Bible, you know, probably the most influential book of all time, yeah, King James was actually an extremely devoted

Demonologist, and he wrote a dissertation known simply as Daemonologie in 1597. This document classified 4 primary types of demons based on their typical method of causing trouble. First, we have the Spectra, which is a spirit that haunts a house or some other solitary

Place, much like the modern concept of a ghost or poltergeist. Then there is the Obsession type, which is a spirit that follows certain people around and causes external trouble near them throughout the day. This gets us a little closer to what we usually think of

As a demon. Third is the Possession type, which actually attaches itself or even enters the person in order to cause them trouble from the inside. Think violent psychotic outbreaks or sudden and extreme depression, maybe even a complete change of personality. Finally, there are Fairies, which are spirits

Who present themselves physically and interact with humans in a direct way. That would include leading a person to danger, having sexual intercourse with them, or transporting them from one location to another. However, predating King James s 4 types of

Demons was a list of 6, except these were determined by where the demons reside. This classification was created by the first century Byzantine monk, Michael Psellos, and is as follows: First are the Leliurium , who are the most powerful demons of the 6, and they inhabit the ether, which is beyond the Moon.

Second are the Aerial , which are demons of the air and atmosphere, below the moon. Third are the Terrestrial , who reside on land. Fourth are the Marine , who live in the water. Fifth are the Subterranean , who live in a

Network of cave systems and hollow pockets deep beneath the Earth. Shoutouts to my last video, Inner Earth Conspiracies. A sequel is coming next week by the way. The Sixth and final type are the lucifugous , which are the lowest and weakest demons

Of the 6, and they reside in the lowest hell. They are completely blind and almost entirely senseless. Speaking of weak and powerful demons, the monk Michael Psellos did elaborate on the abilities of these demons, explaining that the highest and most powerful would try to attack a person s mind in order to manipulate

Their imagination and produce vivid illusions. On the other hand, the lowest and weakest couldn t do much more than grunt and act instinctually. They are simply attracted to the warmth of a living human and are otherwise completely mindless and rather disgusting.

From all this, we can see that there are many types of demons, as well as hundreds of individual demons with a name and title. So, that begs the question, that nobody asked Just how many demons are there in existence? Literally speaking? Well, based on the Book of Revelation, there

S an idea that one-third of all angels turned into fallen angels. But, believe it or not, there are some exact numbers we can reference, which were calculated using extremely complicated systems of data points taken from both scripture and occult writings. For example, the 16th century demonologist

Johann Weyer calculated the number of demons in existence as 4,439,622, which was then divided into 666 legions, with each legion made up of 6,666 demons, all of them ruled by 66 dukes, princes, and kings of hell. But if you think that s a bit of a conservative

Number, then consider the 15th century Catholic Bishop, Alphonso de Spina, who calculated the exact population of demons as 133,316,666. But then there s the problem of procreation. Think about this for a second – if demons can create offspring with human women, as

We ve seen in the Book of Genesis, then there s no way this number would ever be constant. I suggest we leave it to the experts to figure this one out, and with that, it s finally

Time to move on to the meat of today s presentation – what it takes to summon and command a demon, and what that might actually look like in practice. When someone talks about summoning a demon, they re referring to Solomonic magic, which

Is derived from a number of ancient grimoires which are said to date back all the way to the reign of King Solomon, a Biblical King and the builder of the First Temple in Jerusalem. Beyond being extremely important historical monarch who ruled from the year 970 BC to

931, according to a vast number of legends, Solomon was also one of the most powerful magicians and exorcists to ever live. Perhaps the very first text on Demonology was the Testament of Solomon, which is believed by many occultists to have been written by

King Solomon himself, though this is debated, and the Testament of Solomon is not considered canonical scripture. Its origins, however, are at least 2000 years old, making it older than the Book of Revelation. The Testament of Solomon supposedly documents

How Solomon built his temple and that was by means of summoning and commanding a number of powerful demons, using a magical ring engraved by God. The text is comprised mainly of interviews with these demons, in which Solomon tries to extract information about their evil deeds,

Their weaknesses, and how they might be defeated. But, how did Solomon summon these demons in the first place? Well, the key lies in this ring, gifted to him by the archangel Michael, which bears the seal of God, which is a pentagram. This ring and seal are used to stamp the chest

Of a demon in order to enslave them. This idea of a seal is perhaps the most important concept in the art of summoning demons, because – just as God has a unique seal – so does every demon. Later Solomonic grimoires elaborated on the seals of individual demons which could

Also used to control them. Of course, demons prefer to keep their seals hidden, because if one is discovered, or possibly revealed by another demon under torture and interrogation, this is their primary vulnerability, at least according to Solomonic magic. Solomonic magic is corrupting though, and most who practice it are said to, at some

Point, become overwhelmed and abandon their beliefs in favor of some great temptation, thus losing the spirit of God and also their command over the demon. In the Testament of Solomon, King Solomon himself falls victim to this and ends up worshipping

The demons Remphan and Moloch in exchange for sex with a Shunammite woman. And at the end of the text, he gives his grave warning to the reader not to follow in his footsteps. So, with that being said, we re about to learn what actually goes into summoning and controlling

A demon, and I strongly recommend you do not actually try these techniques, as they are from real grimoires and I m only relaying this information for the sake of being obsessively complete in our investigation of Christian Demonology. Demon summoning is considered high magic, and very powerful. Low magic can be thought

Of as simple witchcraft, such as hexing someone you don t like. On the other hand, High magic is extremely intensive and exhausting, and it takes a serious toll on the practitioner but this is what summoning a demon requires, if not external sacrifices as well.

To begin, there are two ways to summon a spirit, whether it be a demon, an angel, or some other supernatural entity. The first is evocation, which is when one calls upon the name of the entity. In the case of demons though, typically they would be evoked in the name of God.

The second method is conjuration, which uses magical spells to form a sort of pact with the demon. The word conjure in Latin literally translates to swear together . In either case, the summoner would be using a variety of wands, incense, and daggers to

Complete the ritual, and below them they would draw magical Solomonic diagrams either on the ground or on parchment. Finally, the seal of the demon is what s required to complete this diabolical act. Now why would anyone want to summon a demon?

Well, in King Solomon s case, he enslaved them to help build his temple. And this is true in many other instances, where the summoner wants the demon to serve them in some way, whether it be for good, or for evil. Others might summon a demon in order to ask it a

Favor, usually related to whatever power the demon is associated with or to educate one s self in the body of knowledge that the demon specializes in. More than that, there was actually a religious order of Roman Catholic theologians and clerics

In the late 1400s known as the Carmelites, and they were involved in massive scandal for being publicly open about their demon summoning practices, which they called non-heretical. They believed summoning demons was okay for the purpose of asking them specific questions

And recording responses in order to learn about the nature of the demonic world. But just like King Solomon, it turned out that, over time, many of the Carmelites ended up summoning demons – no longer to ask questions – but to win sexual favors from women, and

To discover the locations of buried treasure You can see how good intentions quickly get corrupted when dealing with these beings. And with that final warning, it s time for some summoning action. To begin, I ll give you an example of how one might summon a demon

According to the important Solomonic Grimoire, the Key of Solomon, which dates back to the 14th century. The summoner begins by drawing a magical circle around themselves on the ground, after which they must draw a magical triangle immediately outside of that circle. These of course are highly complex diagrams that must be drawn

In exact detail, or the ritual will fail. During this process, the summoner wears the seal of the demon they intend to summon. And after drawing the magical diagrams, they must take the seal and place it into the triangle while reciting incantations, which are very

Specific series of words, typically in Latin. If every detail is exactly as it should be, the demon is literally supposed to appear within that triangle in a physical form that the summoner can both see and interact with. It’s not that simple, however, as there are

Minor and major extra steps a summoner must take, depending on the demon. For example, if a person wanted to summon one of the 7 Kings of Hell, they would need to appeal to each demon in the correct order to reach the demon they intend on actually

Summoning. You can see how this can quickly get complex, because the summoner must not only be aware of the hierarchy of demons, but painstakingly navigate the Bureaucracy of Hell. Even if a person wanted to summon and control a lesser demon, they would still need to evoke the names of that demon s superiors.

Moving on, it s now time to teach you in detail how to summon the Devil, which again, I really do not recommend you do. Regardless, it s likely that over the years, these steps have been altered to prevent people from actually doing it.

These instructions come from the diabolical grimoire known as the Red Dragon, which is another Solomonic grimoire, allegedly discovered in 1750 within the actual tomb of King Solomon. Today, the original copy is held in the Vatican Archives of the Catholic Church, hence why

I believe it s been altered. Many occultists consider this grimoire in particular to be one of the potent and dangerous in existence. This is because inside of it, there are very specific instructions on how a person should go about summoning the most powerful and evil demons in existence, particularly Lucifer, the devil.

The Red Dragon grimoire also gives methods of constructing special tools and instruments to enslave the demon after it s summoned. However, it also gives the user the option of completely foregoing these tools at the expense of forging a binding pact with the

Demon that is, to sell one s soul. As for summoning Lucifer, the person conducting the ritual would first need to evoke the name of God and the Trinity, which is The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost and then command Lucifer to exit Hell using an incantation.

There are two phases of this with two distinct incantations that must be performed perfectly. At this point, Lucifer is supposed to appear within the Solomonic triangle but if he doesn t, the summoner needs to use an instrument known as a Blasting Rod, and dip two ends

Of the rod s fork into a cursed firepit. This will result in the horrible cries of a million spirits from Hell, which the author of The Red Dragon grimoire advises the reader not to be frightened of. These spirits are being tortured in order to force Lucifer to act.

The summoner must then proceed to a third incantation, where all the names of God are evoked, and Lucifer s demon legion are again threatened with the blasting rod. If that doesn t work, there is a fourth and final incantation, known as the Grand Invocation

Of the Great Kabbala, which is by far the most esoteric and complex, and the user is instructed to say it twice, absolutely perfectly. If all of these steps are done correctly, Lucifer will definitely appear, according to the grimoire. Finally, the summoner must converse with Lucifer, and convince him to submit to their control.

This is done through torture, using both the blasting rod and the Grand Invocation of the Great Kabbala. Of course, summoning demons and especially the Devil comes with risk, particularly that of possession. In the case of the Red Dragon, the user is instructed to form their Solomonic triangle

Using a bloodstone and two blessed candles in order to protect themself. However, the risk isn t as huge as you d think. This is because the main purpose of Solomonic magic is to tempt demons into doing something for the summoner. So the summoner typically

Offers the demon something they d want, like a bribe or some other incentive. Thus, in this context, possession is not really on the minds of these demons, as they re far more interested in what deal the summoner wants to strike.

But if all else fails, the purpose of the magic triangle on the ground is to contain the demon, keeping them trapped and unable to exit the triangle. However, sometimes things do go wrong, and the demon gains an upper hand on the summoner.

This leads us to the deeper discussion of demonic possession and exorcism, which is really quite an ancient concept in fact, it s as old as the idea of demons itself. Any type of supernatural spirit is said to have the ability to possess a living creature,

Including angels, gods, and ghosts. And belief in spiritual possession exists in nearly every known culture, even remote islands such as those in Micronesia, as found in a study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health in 1969. So either possession is a real thing

Or this idea is somehow inherent in the human race to explain things like mental illness. There are actually quite clear distinctions between possession and mental illness, but we ll get into that a little later. From the very beginnings of Christianity,

It has always been thought that Satan and his legions of demons are at constant war with Heaven, but this is more of an indirect war, because they carry out what are known as spiritual attacks on humans in order to lead them away from God. This includes temptation

And misfortune, but the most powerful of these tactics is undoubtably possession. Early Christian writers defined three stages of possession. It begins with a spiritual vulnerability, which serves as an entry point for the demon. In the victim, this vulnerability could be a lapse in judgement or an unethical choice. After a vulnerability is identified,

The demon then attempts to invade the person, and for one reason or another, the victim voluntarily gives up all control to the invader. This leads to the final stage, which is called perfect possession , and at this point, the demon can only be driven out through an exorcism.

Our understanding of possession and exorcism has evolved dramatically over the two-thousand or so years of Christianity s existence, particularly in the Catholic Church where demonology continues to be a living field of study. But before we get into modern methods of identifying

And ending a possession, let s take a look at some of the oldest documented instances of demonic possession which are found in the Bible. Beginning in the Old Testament, there are only two clear cases of a demon possessing someone, and the first revolves around King Saul. The First Book of Samuel describes King

Saul being tormented by an evil spirit , which is only exorcised after David plays the harp for him. The second case regards the false prophets that King Ahab relied on in the First Book of Kings. These false prophets are described

As being empowered by a deceiving spirit . Finally, some theorize that the necromancers mentioned in the Book of Leviticus are also possessed, as in some translations, chapter 20, verse 27 states that a spirit is within them . Moving on to the New Testament, there are many instances where Jesus Christ exorcised

Demons out of a person. In fact, this particular power of his was supposed to be evidence of him being the foretold Messiah of Israel, as prophesized by Isaiah. In these instances, it s made very clear that all demons respond and submit to the authority

Of Jesus and this is a vital concept, because in summoning, controlling, and exorcising demons, the practitioner is pretty much always required to evoke the name of God, Jesus, the Trinity, or all them in sequence. As a side note, I previously mentioned that,

In early Christianity, it was believed that a person needed to voluntarily give up control in order to be possessed. This idea may have come from the story of Judas Isacriot in The Gospel of John. Judas, one of the original 12 apostles of Christ, intentionally set out

To agree with the Devil s every suggestion in order to betray Jesus, and by doing so, he became completely possessed by the end. Jumping forward in time, our most developed understanding of both possession and exorcism comes from demonological studies conducted

By the Catholic Church, which has a fleet of officially sanctioned exorcists who they send out to perform exorcisms across the world, year-round. According to the Church, there are 6 types of what they call extraordinary demonic activity : The first is obsession, where a demon causes

A person to suddenly become overwhelmed with obsessive and irrational thoughts, typically resulting in violent behavior toward one s self or others. The second is oppression, where there is no involuntary action or loss of consciousness, but a person is continually tormented by demons through a series of terrible misfortunes in

Their health, wealth, family, business, etcetera. The third is suffering, where demons cause physical pain, external cuts, and other injuries. This is associated with particularly powerful demons the ones capable of fully possessing a person if nothing is done. The fourth type is infestation, where demons attach themselves to houses, objects such

As dolls or statues, and even animals. The fifth is possession, where a demon takes full control over a persons body and / or mind, but unlike the ancient Christian concept, it s believed that no consent from the victim is given. As before, this usually occurs after

A person does something that leaves them susceptible or vulnerable to demonic influence, such as giving into a temptation. Remember though, this is only really something to worry about if a demon is present, and usually the person would have some indication

That a demon is targeting them for example, the demonic activities I just listed obsession, oppression, suffering, and infestation. Finally, the sixth type of extraordinary demonic activity is subjugation, and this is when a person goes out of their way to voluntarily

Submit to demons, or the Devil himself. This is found with diabolical witches, as well as certain theistic sects of Satanism that actually worship Satan. We ll get into subjugation in the final section of this video. When it comes to the modern Catholic Church

S identification of extraordinary demonic activity, thankfully, they go out of their way to explicitly distinguish it from what might be mental or physical illness. Catholic exorcists are careful to always conduct an array of medical and psychological examinations before proceeding with an exorcism. An exorcism can only happen if the exorcist believes beyond

Any doubt, that they re dealing with genuine case of demonic activity with absolutely no other reasonable explanation available. This practice is called moral certitude . So what does a genuine demonic possession look like? Well, since medieval times up until modern day, certain criteria are used to identify

Genuine possession. These include superhuman strength; speaking in languages unknown to victim; revealing accurate knowledge of past, present, or future events, again, unknown to the victim; an aversion or intense hatred toward holy symbols such as a cross, names such as Jesus, or places such as a church; then there are unnatural

Body contortions; a cold feeling in the room that seems to follow the victim; levitation of objects; and finally, a change in their voice that is strikingly guttural, ancient, and unhuman. Now, if a person is clearly possessed by a

Demon, an exorcism might not only be justified it could be the only way to save them. For example, there is the famous Roland Doe case, which the novel and movie The Exorcist was based off of. Roland Doe was an anonymous 14-year-old boy

Who was introduced to a Ouija board by his aunt who was a fortune teller. If you don t know, a Ouija board is a tool used to send and receive messages from the spirit world, and this is likely what made Roland Doe susceptible to possession. Not long after he used the

Ouija board, the family began to hear strange noises in their house, followed by heavy furniture moving, and even a vase levitating when the boy was in the room. The boy also began to speak Latin, a language he did not know, in a deep guttural voice.

After a recommendation from their local pastor, the Roman Catholic priest Edward Hughes was called in to perform an exorcism on Roland Doe. It s vital to understand that an exorcism is not simply a ritual, but more of a confrontation

Against the demon an actual battle. This is why the possessed person needs to be restrained, so that they can t harm themselves or others, and especially the exorcist. The exorcist is trained to recite a series of ancient prayers – specifically the Lord’s

Prayer, the Litany of the Saints, the Hail Mary, and the Athanasian Creed. These are always spoken in Latin. Once the exorcism begins, the exorcist must proceed forward and continue the prayers no matter what occurs or however long it takes.

If he were to stop the ritual or be interrupted, this could spell grave danger for the exorcist. This process is extremely taxing and thus the exorcist does make himself vulnerable in order to perform it. However, this doesn t necessarily mean that a failed exorcism will result in the possession of the exorcist.

In the case of Roland Doe, the boy was strapped tightly against his bed during the exorcism, but somehow he managed to slip out of his restraints, rip into the bed s mattress and pull out a spring, and then slash the priest with it, causing a serious injury that ended

The exorcism prematurely. It’s actually pretty common for an exorcism to fail, especially due to violent reactions from the victim, and exorcisms can take multiple days, even weeks of near constant prayer and ritual. In Roland Doe s case, his exorcism required three separate attempts and four priests, one of which had his nose broken

During the process. After Roland Doe had been exorcised, the boy returned to his normal self and went on to live a completely ordinary life. Thankfully, this happy ending is not only common, but it s the goal of all exorcisms. When the

Ritual finally succeeds, there is a noticeable feeling that the demonic presence has left the room, and the previously possessed person feels such a relief that they become extremely emotional, a feeling typically described as being reborn . At least to me, being possessed by demons sounds like a pretty terrible ordeal, not

Something which a person might want to experience. But what if I told you that some people actually sought out this kind of relationship with demons. Would it surprise you that, throughout history, demon worship and the hope of possession was totally a thing, independent of rumor

And hysteria. This leads us to our final obsessively detailed dive into Christian demonology, which is the discussion of witchcraft and its relationship with demon worship. Of course, most witches perform pagan rituals, not necessarily Satanic ones. Moreover, many witches throughout history were never actually

Witches at all, but simply accused of being one. However, it s a fact that a small minority of witches did closely associate themselves with the demonic activity, and these groups are the ones we ll be discussing, along with their strange and dark rituals to invite demons

Into themselves. In a very general sense, witchcraft can be defined as manipulation of supernatural forces for example, placing a hex, curse, or blessing on someone. Even casting an enchantment spell, or mixing herbs into a love potion. In a more

Modern sense, it could also mean a pagan practice of, for example, divination, in which the unknown is revealed or the future is told. Unfortunately, there is a subset of witchcraft that deals with causing intentional harm, misfortune, or even death through demonic means. This negative practice is known more specifically as diabolical witchcraft.

When discussing this topic, a clear line deserves to be drawn between diabolical witchcraft and traditional witchcraft whereas traditional witchcraft was essentially just following a pagan religion. However, as we covered early on, there was a lot of confusion during early years of Christianity as to what was considered demonic.

Remember that early Christian authorities believed that pagan gods were not actually gods, but demons in disguise. This is why, in the first century, the apostle Paul wrote that, QUOTE, what pagans sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God. I do not want you

To be partners with demons. End quote. This belief that any pagan worship was demon worship carried on into the 10th century, where canon law stated that, QUOTE: certain wicked women, turned aside after Satan, seduced by the illusions and phantasms of

Demons, believe and profess that in the hours of the night they ride upon certain beasts with Diana, the goddess of the pagans. End quote. The Diana mentioned here is the Goddess of the Moon in Roman and Hellenistic religion, but in this case, medieval Christian authorities are interpreting her as a demon posing as

A pagan deity. Depending on your beliefs, perhaps you agree or disagree with them, but for now, we ll turn our focus to what is not pagan religion, but genuine diabolical witchcraft, where witches intentionally evoke and worship what they

Know to be actual evil demons for the purposes of harmful magic, also known as sorcery. This is the fundamental difference between the two. Another trigger warning by the way, probably for this whole section as there are * * acts that I ll briefly mention. I ll do my best

Not to be so graphic but viewer discretion is strongly advised. To begin, the practice of diabolical witchcraft was heavily documented in Western Europe around the 15th century, and there were four key elements to this practice. First, the witch would make a binding pact with Satan or another powerful demon by evoking

Them in order to bow to them and submit to their authority. Second, there was sexual congress, which was thought to be literal sexual intercourse with the demon or a surrogate who was possessed by that demon and this could have been an

Idol, another person, or even an animal such as a goat. The purpose of sexual congress was to seal the initial pact. Third, diabolical witches would perform acts of harmful magic, the sorcery I mentioned earlier. This was to carry out the objectives of the Devil. Finally, the fourth element was the night-flight

Or demonic sabbath , which definitely wasn t the Jewish or Christian sabbath, but rather a regular gathering of witches at midnight in order to meet with Satan himself. The late 16th century French text, titled The Antichrist , provided a testimony and description of what this demonic sabbath looked like, and I quote:

An Italian man took her to a field on Saint John’s Eve. The man made a large ring with a rod of holly, muttering a few words which he read from a black book. Thereupon appeared a large, horned goat, all black, accompanied by two women, as well as a man dressed as

A priest. The goat asked the Italian who this girl was, and having replied that he had brought her to be his, the goat made him make the sign of the cross with his left hand. Then he commanded all of them to come and greet him, which they did, kissing his rear. The

Goat had a lighted black candle between his two horns, from which the others lit their own candles. The goat took the woman aside, laid her in the woods, and carnally knew her, to which she took an extreme displeasure, suffered much pain, and felt his seed as cold

As ice. Beyond the demonic sabbath, diabolical witches would also participate in a now infamous ritual known as a Black Mass . In Catholic tradition, Mass is a central ritual of worship in which a series of rites and prayers are carried out in a very specific order to connect oneself with God. On the

Contrary, a Black Mass is essentially a parody where all the chants of Mass are said in reverse and everything is opposite, including an inverted crucifix on the altar. The origins of this parody practice go all the way back to the 8th century, with one

Of the first major groups accused of worshipping Satan, known as the Armenian Paulicians. The local church leader, John of Ojun, declared the Paulicians to be sons of Satan after witnessing them gathering at night to perform a Black Mass, and in particular, a blasphemous version

Of the Eucharist. In Catholic Mass, the Eucharist is a ceremony where wine is consumed. And in the case of the Paulicians, they allegedly drank infant blood instead. Many rumors surround the Black Mass, so it s not entirely clear what s fact and what s exaggeration, or even simply made up. However,

There was a real group in the 13th century known as the Luciferians, which more than half a dozen credible sources, including the Luciferians themselves, have pretty much confirmed without a doubt their rituals of devil and demon worship. The Luciferians named themselves after Lucifer, the former heavenly name of the fallen angel

Satan. The Luciferians believed that Lucifer and his army of fallen angels were unfairly expelled from heaven, and that Lucifer would someday return to defeat and overthrow God and claim the throne of Heaven as his own. In order to support this objective, this group

Pretty much did everything they could to offend God and all things Christian, believing their reward would be everlasting paradise in Heaven with Lucifer. Examples of this include their initiation rite, where a newcomer would kiss a toad, duck, or goose and exchange saliva with it. They would also hold large feasts where a

Massive black cat was the centerpiece. This cat was believed to be possessed by a great demon, if not Lucifer himself, and only the most worthy would be allowed to kiss the cat s rear end. After worshipping the cat, the candles lighting

The feast would be blown out and what proceeded was a massive orgy between members, some of whom were blood-related. Though it s arguably not as disturbing as the Demonic Sabbath or Black Mass, the Luciferians of the 13th century are one of the most reliable

Accounts of real demon worship. Today, demon worship, diabolical witchcraft, and sorcery absolutely still exist in small cults. Demonic possession still occurs, and demonology continues to be studied and expanded upon in the Catholic Church. Unlike most other occult sciences, demonology is very much alive and relevant in modern

Day. You can check out my video, the Curse of Led Zeppelin, for a more modern take on sealing a deal with the devil. But for now, we ve covered incredible ground. We learned about the origins of Christian Demonology, what demons actually are and what

Kind of powers they possess, how they re categorized, how to evoke, how to exorcize, and even how to worship. By watching this video in its entirety, I hereby grant you the title of Amateur Demonologist but don t go out summoning, or I might have to call a professional.

By the way, I would love to cover more on Demonology, especially from the perspectives of Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and Islam, as well as the religions of the East like Shinto, Buddhism, and Hinduism so please, let me know if you want more on this subject.

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