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Demonology – The study of demons.

Demonologist – Person who studies and interacts with demonic cases.

Demon – Demons are of non-human/inhuman origin, that comes from the outside realm. Demons can also be fallen angels, which have rebelled against god at their own free will.

Characteristics of Demons:

Usually have no eyes or red eyes in the sockets

If a human is possessed by a demon then there eyes appear to be swollen and black.

Some demons may be very hairy

Some demons have a tail, but the demon will try to hide it

Some demons may have horns on their head

Demons are extremely strong. They can be 3 times stronger than humans. Demons are able to move heavy objects with no struggle at all

Most demon names end in:

  • iel or el

  • ial or al

  • on

  • as

  • us

Characteristics of a Demonic Haunting:

Usually a demonic haunting will occur during the demonic hour between 3a.m. – 3:30a.m. to mock Christ (A demonic haunt can happen at all times)

Things will occur in threes:

  • 3 knocks may occur

  • 3 taps on a wall

  • 3 bangs on a wall

  • hauntings will occur between 3a.m. – 3:30a.m.

Clocks may turn or spin counterclockwise

Things may start to move around in your house. NOTE This will also occur in poltergeist activity as well, which is not demonic

Religious artifacts may be moved around, thrown off of the walls, or turned upside down. (Especially when praying)

Some religious artifacts that have been known to be toyed with are:

  • Crucifixes will be turned upside down

  • Statues of Jesus

  • The Bible

  • Rosary beads

  • Religious photographs

You may hear banging or scratching sounds on the walls and the ceiling

You could wake up with scratches or bruises on your body

You could wake up in the middle of the night and feel like your being strangled

You may feel like your being raped. (This may deal with an incubus and/or succubus demon. Incubus = Male, Succubus = Female)

A demonic presence may give off certain odors/smells such as sulfur and/or rotten eggs. (This smell would be very strong.)

Possible Possession of Demons or Causes of Demonic Haunting:

Playing with a Ouija board: (You may open up a doorway and let the demon in, or by letting the spirit enter into your body to move the board peace you are allowing the demon to posses you.)

Playing with the black arts or black magic

Channeling spirits: (By channeling spirits this allows the spirit to use your body and your bodies functions to communicate with someone.) NOTE: Just because you are trying to let a specific spirit channel through you, that doesn’t mean that other spirits or possible demons can enter into you.

Psychics/Mediums: When some psychics/mediums do readings they communicate with someone who has passes on. NOTE: Because a psychic/medium is communicating with the other side, that doesn’t mean a demon can’t come through. Demons can act as someone else and you wouldn’t even know it. Psychics cannot tell the difference between a demon and a spirit.

EVP: (electronic voice phenomenon) When doing an EVP session you may pick up a demonic spirit, and by asking questions to it you may open up a doorway for the demon. NOTE: Be careful when doing EVPs, especially the questions you ask. Example: Provoking a spirit. “I demand you to show yourself?”

Saying a demon name out loud: By saying a demon name out loud you are calling it, or calling it out. Example: If someone is in the other room and you say their name what will the outcome be?

People in desperate need of something: Selling your soul to a demon/devil. Example: If your family is in financial trouble and you would do anything to get them out of it, a demon might show up and make you an offer.

People with no faith in a higher power can be possessed. Some people think that just because they have no beliefs in a higher power that they cannot be possessed by a demon. This is not true. You can be possessed.

Demons will thrive on:

  • Depression

  • Sadness

  • Weak minded people

  • Arguments and fighting

  • Negative energy

  • The seven deadly sins

  • Pride

  • Avarice (greed)

  • Lust

  • Envy

  • Gluttony

  • Anger

  • Sloth

Possessions are extremely rare. If possession does occur the Roman Catholic Church and Greek Orthodox Church can do an exorcism.

Dealing with Demonic Cases:

Only have very strong minded and strong willed people on the case

Have a demonologist present for the case

If you can, have a priest or someone of religious significance present during the case. NOTE: Religious significance means someone who has been appointed by the church, temple, monastery, mosk etc.

Only have team members that have a strong faith and/or religious background present on the case

Make sure the entire team is aware of what they are getting involved in. (Each team member should have a basic idea of demonology)

Team members should be encouraged to wear religious symbols. An example would be a cross around your neck.

All team members should say a prayer before, during, and after the case. The prayer of St. Michael is a prayer used in demonic cases. Prayers of deliverance are also used.

If you feel your team is not qualified to handle the case, or you have any doubts then let someone who has dealt with demonic cases take over.

During the case a demon may try to manipulate the team and cause arguments among each other. REMEMBER: Demons feed off of negativity.

Possessions are extremely rare cases, but demonic hauntings are not as rare as people think. A demonic haunt does not mean that you are possessed, it just means that a demon is harassing or tormenting you.

Demons cannot be killed. Even if the demon is exorcised, that just means that the demon has left the persons body.

Debunking Demonic Hauntings:

Banging, scratching, knocking on a wall: Check to see if there are any loose pipes in the basement of the home, or check the bushes/trees outside of the home to see if it is rubbing along side of the house.

Objects moving around the house: This may be poltergeist activity, which is not a demonic haunting.

Religious artifacts falling off the walls: Check to see how the artifact was placed on the wall. How well was it hung up?

Waking up with scratches or bruises on your body:

  • Are you allergic to something to scratch yourself in your sleep

  • Do you wear a necklace while you are sleeping. If you move around while you are asleep, the necklace may scratch you

  • Did you sleep on the remote control or other items. If you fall asleep on the remote control you may wake up with a bruise on your body from it

  • Do you sleep with a watch on. If you fall asleep on your arm, it may cause a bruise.

Waking up with feelings of being strangled or raped: You may have encountered sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is when your mind wakes up before your body can catch up, putting you in a paralysis like state. You can see, but you cannot move or speak. If you were having a bad dream such as being strangled, raped, abducted by aliens etc this dream will carry on until you come out of the sleep paralysis. This can last up to 1 minute, but it feels a lot longer

Odors/smells such as sulfur/rotten eggs: The strike of a match can give off a sulfur smell. Look around the house for things that contain sulfur. The rotten egg smell can be many things such as:

  • Garbage decomposing

  • Living organisms decomposing

  • Some animals/insects can give off a strong rotten egg smell as a defense mechanism, such as a skunk, palm meadow etc

Check to see if the person is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs

Check to see if the person is on any medications

There are many health/mental problems/disorders that can give the impression of a demonic haunting but it is not. Some disorders are as follows:

  • Depression

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia

  • High EMF Fields

  • Inhalation of household chemicals

  • Sleep deprivation (lack of sleep)

  • Bipolar

  • Schizophrenia

  • Dementia

  • Psychosis

  • Hysteria

  • Sleep Paralysis

There are many demonologists that we can turn to if we need their help. Some of the demonologists we know are:

Adam Blai: Penn State University

Keith and Carl Johnson: Rhode Island

John Zaffis: Connecticut

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