Demons and Sh*t – Jinn

Name: JinnType/Title: Shapeshifters, wish granters, storm/wind spiritsOrigin: Pre-Islamic Arabic, Islamic Jinn are another example of pagan deities and spirits appropriated by Abrahamic religion. Jinn aren’t necessarily demons; the word seems to be a catchall for any Arabic or Islamic supernatural entity. Western depictions have given them the ability to grant wishes, and an association with […]

Demons and Sh*t – Ifrit

Name: IfritType/Title: Spirit of the dead/fireOrigin: Islamic According to my research, an ifrit, contrary to what the Final Fantasy summon by the same name suggests, are more associated with spirits of the dead than they are with fire. Though some folklore claims they are made from smoke and fire, which is probably where that association […]

Demons and Sh*t – Ghoul

Name: GhoulType/Title: Flesh-eatersOrigin: Pre-Islamic Arabic I believe this is my first demon that isn’t a specific named demon. Ghouls are generally thought of as flesh-eaters; they eat dead bodies. I believe they were originally a kind of pre-Islamic demonic entity that like to hang out in cemeteries and desecrate the graves so they can eat, […]

Demons and Sh*t – Emma-O

Name: Emma-ōType/Title: Overlord of HellOrigin: Japanese Buddhism Emma-ō is a demon I’d been mostly unfamiliar with. I found the name in Anton LaVey’s Satanic Bible, as one of his Infernal Names to be invoked during the Invocation to Satan. After doing a bit of research, I realized I was more familiar with Emma-ō, or King […]

Demons and Sh*t – Bael

Name: BaelTitle: KingOrigin: Judeo-Christian Bael is one of many Judeo-Christian demons that originated as a pagan god. Or, more accurately, many pagan gods. The Semitic word Ba’al, from which Bael’s name is derived, means “lord,” and has been associated with several ancient Semitic pagan gods, including the Phoenician god El, and the Judaic god Yahweh […]