What exactly is demonology?

I have a tremendous interest as well as respect for the supernatural realm. The supernatural and its elements have been of significant interest to me for a little while now, and I think it is important to note that while I find the supernatural world to be absolutely fascinating, it also scares the shit out of me, which, I think, it should. The supernatural world is not meant to be met with doubt, ridicule or denial; it demands caution, knowledge, and regard.

I’ve done a fair amount of research pertaining to certain elements of the supernatural world, but I’m certainly not going to pretend to be an expert, because I’m definitely not. I know a little bit, though, and so I thought it might be neat to dedicate some posts to specific elements of this world, starting with the concept of demonology.

So, what exactly is demonology?

According to the demonology Wikipedia page, Demonology is the study of demons or beliefs about demons, and the hierarchy of demons. They may be nonhuman, separable souls, or discarnate spirits which have never inhabited a body.”

I think when some folks hear the term ‘demonology,’ they associate it with the idea of a ghost hunter, or a paranormal investigator. While I’m sure there are ghost hunters and paranormal investigators in existence that know their fair share about demonology, these are two separate areas of study, and demonology is not a blanket term.

Different cultures, regions of the world and religions have varying view points and beliefs towards demons and their existence, and some deny their existence altogether, much like people do. This is one of the reasons I find the supernatural world to be so intruiging; there are so many variations in opinions and beliefs on the matter, therefore there are a multitude of different teachings to absorb.

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