Demonspotting 5: Belial

Demon’s wings are as angel’s wings.
Their halos are as shining bright.
They sing as well as angels, too.
But only when it’s night.
– Calvin Miller

Demonspotting: Belial

According to the Hebrews, Belial (AKA Belhor, Baalial, Beliar, Belias, Beliall, Beliel, Bilael, Belu) was the angel God created right after Lucifer. He is supposed to be one of the four Crown Princes of Hell and rule over the South. For some reason he was also Satan’s ambassador to Turkey.

A woodcarving of Belial and some of his followers from Jacobus de Teramo's book Buche Belial (1473)

A woodcarving of Belial and some of his followers from Jacobus de Teramo's book Buche Belial (1473)

Belial is beautiful and has a voice you’d like to listen to for hours–but don’t be fooled. All those pretty words are just lies. He gets his jollies by getting people to sin and then feel guilty about it. And even if he makes you some great promises, he doesn’t feel the need to actually keep them.

From the Goetia:
He is a Mighty and a Powerful King, and was created next after LUCIFER. He appeareth in the Form of Two Beautiful Angels sitting in a Chariot of Fire. He speaketh with a Comely Voice, and declareth that he fell first from among the worthier sort, that were before Michael, and other Heavenly Angels. His Office is to distribute Presentations and Senatorships, etc.; and to cause favour of Friends and of Foes. He giveth excellent Familiars, and governeth 50 Legions of Spirits. Note well that this King Belial. must have Offerings, Sacrifices and Gifts presented unto him by the Exorcist, or else he will not give True Answers unto his Demands. But then he tarrieth not one hour in the Truth, unless he be con. strained by Divine Power.

The lamen of Belial

The lamen of Belial

Once in a while he will decide he likes someone and treat them well, but you didn’t know that someone was going to be you or not.

Other demons you might like

Sources

Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft
The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft. 2nd Ed

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

DictionaryAngelsDictionary of Angels
Gustav Davidson

devilbookThe Devil: A Visual Guide to the Demonic, Evil, Scurrilous, and Bad (Hardcover)
by Tom Morgan, Genevieve Morgan

Adventures in Demon Hunting 6, or An Account of Creatures Strange and Wondrous: Ahuizotl

More strange and mystical creatures encountered by intrepid Demon Hunters Teresa and Jolaine on what became known to history as The Great Demon Hunting Expedition of 2009: Ahuizotl.

Ahuizotl (ah-wee-ZO-tul)

Oh, were our intrepid Demon Hunters not filled with fear when met with the mighty Ahuizotl? Did they not quiver in their gum boots and pith helmets?

Yet, we considered ourselves lucky to have photographed the elusive Ahuizotl, as, according to the ancient Aztecs, it dwells in deep pools of water and rarely surfaces. As we were unwittingly strolling near the beast’s lair, in the Canadian Museum of Civilization, we heard the pitiful cry of a baby. Knowing that the diabolical creature often mimics the wail of human infants, we were immediately put on our guard.

Inching closer, we saw an ill-fated would-be Good Samaritan approach the demonic fiend’s lair, expecting to discover a young child in distress. Instead, the evil creature, a cross between an otter and a monkey, grabbed the man by the hand on the end of its tail and pulled him under the water.

Days later, the corpse floated to the surface, only missing its eyes, teeth, and fingernails.

Ahuizotl

Scary cute: True Blood Paper Dolls

An artist by the name of Andy Swist has made some True Blood paper dolls. Guess what I did yesterday, between 9-10pm Eastern Standard time (besides watch True Blood…).

pam I left some cardboard out on the table with the Pam doll, and the next day it was all shriveled and limp.
lafayette Lafayette, looking fabulous. (Yes, I had to hold up the stand. I think Lafayette was on something. He kept falling over.)
pamandlafay The group shot. Act out your favorite scenes.

I will put up some more shots once I recharge my camera battery.

Sookie and Bill are up now, and the artist plans on doing more. I’m waiting for Eric.

http://andyswist.com/TrueBlood-dolls.html

Demonspotting 4: Beelzebub/Baalzebub/Bealzebub

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Demonspotting

Demon’s wings are as angel’s wings.
Their halos are as shining bright.
They sing as well as angels, too.
But only when it’s night.
– Calvin Miller

Beelzebub was one of the cherubim before the whole ‘angels rebelling against God’ thing happened. He has been associated with the sin of pride and the sin of gluttony.

Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

His name can be translated as “Lord of the Flies,” which gives him a connection to that book you probably had to study in High School. Also, he appears as a giant fly if you summon him (and why would you want to do that, exactly?).

Beelzebub’s name is derived from the pre-Jewish “Ba’al” (For more info, see Baal). Specifically, “Ba’al Zebub,” which either means “Lord of Zebub,” which is a place (no one knows where it is), or “Lord of the Flies.” Or, it might mean both, actually. That would make sense since he rules over something called “The Order of the Flies,” and he can send plagues of flies.

In three of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke), the high-level priests at the temple accuse Jesus of driving out demons in the name of Beelzebub, not God.

Beelzebub appears in de Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernale, but not the Goetia.

The apocryphal Book of Nicodemus depicts Christ harrowing Hell, and Beelzebub plays a specific role. Despite Satan’s objections, Beelzebub allows Christ to take the pre-Christian ‘saints,’ like Adam and Moses, to Heaven. In gratitude, Christ makes Beelzebub the King of Hell.

Another great reason not to summon him is that he might just strangle you for your trouble. And he’s hard to get rid of once you conjure him up.

So, to sum up:

  • Giant fly
  • Might kill you
  • Hard to get rid of

You might think about renting a movie instead.

Other demons you might like

Sources

Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft
The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft. 2nd Ed

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

DictionaryAngelsDictionary of Angels
Gustav Davidson

devilbookThe Devil: A Visual Guide to the Demonic, Evil, Scurrilous, and Bad (Hardcover)
by Tom Morgan, Genevieve Morgan

Adventures in Demon Hunting 5, or An Account of Creatures Strange and Wondrous: The Feejee Mermaid

More creatures encountered by intrepid Demon Hunters Teresa and Jolaine on what became known to history as The Great Demon Hunting Expedition of 2009: The Feejee Mermaid

In 1842, P.T. Barnum arranged for a display of an amazing creature that “Dr. J. Griffin” of the “British Lyceum of Natural History” had brought to the United States for the first time, the “scientifically proven” body of a “beautiful mermaid.”

Now if you’re paying attention to my quotation marks, you probably realize how this story is going to end. Also, if you recognize the name P.T. Barnum as the guy famously credited as saying “There’s a sucker born every minute.” (Though that might be a misquote.)

Well, the Feejee (Fiji) Mermaid turned out to be a disappointment all around: First, it wasn’t beautiful. It looked like the torso of a wizened monkey sewn onto the body of a fish. Second, it wasn’t real. In fact, it was the torso of a wizened monkey sewn onto the body of a fish. Third, Barnum and “Dr. Griffin,” (Barnum’s partner in the hoax, a guy name of Levi Lyman–ha ha, get it? “Lie Man.”), had sort of led people to kind of expect that the mermaid was alive.

But some folks were suitably impressed. Some were not. No one got their admission fee back.

In fact, the ‘mermaid’ wasn’t new. One Captain Eades had brought it to London from the South Seas in 1822, and charged people one shilling to see it.

Interesting, the mermaid may not have originally been a scam that some islander foisted on the gullible captain, but a religious object used in ceremonies.

The real Feejee mermaid may have perished in a fire at P.T. Barnum’s American Museum in 1865. On the other hand, this one might be it. It’s hard to tell. So, gentle readers, I present to you either the real fake mermaid or a fake fake mermaid. Ta-da!

Feejee Mermaid

Feejee Mermaid

Sources

Random Demonic Movie News

Robert Downey Jr. walked away from playing a supervillain in a movie called Oobermind. Brad Pitt and Will Ferrell might be taking over.
http://www.imdb.com/news/ni0932920/

It’s possible that the reason RDJ left Oobermind is because he wants to play the vampire Lestat… http://scifiwire.com/2009/08/news-briefs-downey-is-les.php

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are in the very early stages of attempting to make a Dark Shadows movie. Dark Shadows was a paranormal soap opera starring the vampire Barnabas Collins.
http://www.imdb.com/news/ni0932396

For no reason, here’s the Dark Shadows tv theme!

Demonspotting 3: Bael

Demon’s wings are as angel’s wings.
Their halos are as shining bright.
They sing as well as angels, too.
But only when it’s night.
– Calvin Miller

Bael

Toad spirit looks surprised

Does this look like a spirit you want to mess with? No.


Bael (or Baal) is one of the top guys in Hell–or maybe THE top guy. He’s either the principal king of the Easterly portions of the infernal kingdom, or just a duke, with sixty-six legions.

Either way, this is not a demon you want to mess with.

Here’s what the Goetia says about Bael (which I include because, frankly, there isn’t that much else about him out there):

The First Principal Spirit is a King ruling in the East, called Bael. He maketh thee to go Invisible. He ruleth over 66 Legions of Infernal Spirits. He appeareth in divers shapes, sometimes like a Cat, sometimes like a Toad, and sometimes like a Man, and sometimes all these forms at once. He speaketh hoarsely. This is his character which is used to be worn as a Lamen before him who calleth him forth, or else he will not do thee homage.

The Morgans say that Bael is the patron saint of idleness. While Davidson says he’s the demonic equivalent of Raphael.

If you remember your Old Testament lessons from Sunday School, you might be thinking, at this point, “Hey, doesn’t Bael sound like Ba’al, one of the ancient gods that the early prophets fought against in Israel?” Well, heck, aren’t I impressed with you!

You got it in one. “Ba’al” is an old, pre-Hebrew word for ‘lord’ or ‘master,’ and could refer to any number of old gods in the area. But it was also associated heavily with Hadad. It’s not a huge leap for an ancient deity to turn into a more modern demon. It happened a lot, in many traditions.

The lamen used in the ceremony to summon (and why would you want to?) Bael

The lamen used in the ceremony to summon (and why would you want to?) Bael

Bael can look like a man, a cat, or a toad, or some combination of the three. If you’re nice to him, he might give you the power of invisibility and make you very wise.

You know what’s even wiser? Staying away from demons.

Other demons you might like

Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bael

Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft
The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft. 2nd Ed

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

DictionaryAngelsDictionary of Angels
Gustav Davidson

devilbookThe Devil: A Visual Guide to the Demonic, Evil, Scurrilous, and Bad (Hardcover)
by Tom Morgan, Genevieve Morgan

Adventures in Demon Hunting 4, or An Account of Creatures Strange and Wondrous: Sea Bishops and Sea Monks

More strange and mystical creatures encountered by intrepid Demon Hunters Teresa and Jolaine on what became known to history as The Great Demon Hunting Expedition of 2009.

Sea Bishops and Sea Monks

The sea is a strange place, and it was probably even stranger to people without our level of science.

So when people saw something they’d never encountered before, I think we can probably forgive them for being mystified. Here are a couple of drawings from the Sixteenth century, reproduced by Robert Chambers in his “The Book of Days” in 1883.

The Sea Bishop

The Sea Bishop

The Sea Monk

The Sea Monk

Now how about this:

The Sea Bishop

The Sea Bishop

Angel Shark

Angel Shark

The Sea Monk

The Sea Monk

Giant Squid

Giant Squid