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Also Daemon, Daimon.

A spirit that can be either good or evil. Demons are often regarded as evil entities of the underworld, in Christianity they are the minions of Satan. In other religions demons can be good or represent other alignments not necessarily associated with either one or the other.

The word demon comes from the Greek term 'daimon' and means 'replete with wisdom'. Through the centuries demons have been associated with a variety of phenomena and are said to come in a variety of forms. Both the Succubus and Incubus are claimed to be types of demon while 'old hag', a term for sleep paralysis, was also attributed to demons. Spirit possession by an evil entity was also often put down to demonic affliction.

Related entries: Achor, Beelzebub, Beelzebuth, Daemon, Daimon, Exorcism, Exorcist

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