A BRIEF INTRODUCTION INTO THE ORIGINS
OF THE DEMONIC & THE TERM DEMON.
BY: ALEC J. BOOKER, DIP. A.H., DEMONOLOGIST, OCCULTS & PARANORMAL
RESEARCHER & INVESTIGATOR.
Image and accompanying quote credit: Kotroz/Shutterstock.
“In Spiritual warfare, the battle is constant.”
Page 1: Table of Contents.
Page 2-3: A Brief Introduction.
Page 4-8: The Origins of the Demonic.
Page 9 – 16: The Prehistoric Peoples of the Proto-Indo-European Civilizations and Their Religious and Spiritual Beliefs Part I.
Page 17: Bibliography & Other Source Materials.
I have been fascinated by the world of the demonic and demonology for well over two decades now as well as having the privilege and honour of being able to study these subjects in great detail for well over a decade of that time.
During the earliest years of my research, I found myself getting bogged down by a recurring question and that was this; “Where did the term Demon in its modern sense originate.”
It is very easy to just assume origin and take these assumptions for granted, and shame on me, for a while in my early researchers’ career, I made the cardinal mistake of doing just that.
I was indeed convinced of the origin of the term and as you will hopefully come to see that common misconceptions and speculations have been allowed to continue for too long leading scholars and researchers alike astray.
Now, please do not accept this as a definitive answer to the question(s) posed within this little piece of research, I by no means claim to have found the holy grail of answers when it comes to the demonic, this is, as always, a matter of perspective and an interpretation of the facts from my point of view.
There will always be disagreements differing perspectives and so on and so forth, maybe even branching out into dare I say it arguments, however I shall endeavour to offer my opinion with tact and a respectful to the belief systems of anyone mentioned herein.
Disclaimer: The opinions set forth and shared within this document are for the purposes of research and fact checking. This work is by no means complete and is the first part of many to come in the series titled The Development & Evolution of The Demonic. I also wish to point out that the work contained within this paper is considered for the terms of research explicit and will mention names of religions and faiths that are in direct conflict. This is not an advertisement nor is it an endorsement of radicalism, religious hatred, intolerance or extremism, condemnation, Sexism, Racism or any other infringement of a discriminatory manner, of a protected characteristic of an individual or organisation. As set out in The Human Rights Act 1998 & The Equality Act 2010 (United Kingdom).
The Origins of
Where do we begin, well as a certain holy book stated...? In the beginning... that’s right, straight out of the gate I have mentioned The Definitive Christian text, The Bible. However, this book is actually predated by the term Demon by a few thousand years although, you may not realise it.
Why is this I hear you ask? Well, because the term demon didn’t actually exist until around about the time of the Golden Age of the Greek Civilisation approximately in the 4th - 5th Century B.C.E. although there are some that state in accounts that it was roughly around the 7th century B.C.E. but I digress.
The Term demon has as many origin stories and Counties of origin as there are opinions about it, this is why the question I posed earlier, here is a reminder:
“Where did the term Demon Come From?”
Question asked by Booker, A.J., Circa 2005
… Such a hard question to answer. It takes dedication and a passion for research to attempt to answer this and no small amount of tenacity.
It is here that we can start the quest for the origin of the word demonic, however to gain some insight into what the word actually pertains to we have to go back in history even further in time to what is Arguably, I might add, considered the prehistoric first civilization The Proto-Indo-European Culture.
Now why would we need to go back that far if we have already determined the origin of the word Demon? Bear with me this train of thought tends to be a slow and bumpy ride, but it is worthwhile when we come to the terminus.
Firstly, we need to understand a little bit of history about Mankind and their belief systems before we can delve into the juicy world of the Demonic that being said we need to look into the world of Philosophy, Theology, Culture and history as well as a little Psychology in an attempt to not only try to understand the human condition from a primitive perspective and mindset but to also be able to give that perspective some relevance to the question and connection to the unexplained.
In doing so we can create a strong foundation to support what as you may now have come to realise is a monumental task and not just the simple act of answering that naïve young man's question.
The People of the Proto-Indo-European civilization were in essence no more than small tribes of individuals that formed a community that stretched through two or possibly even three continents and their language is reportedly said to be the basis or the Great and Grandparent languages of Europe, the Baltic regions as well as the sub-Asian continent and even through into Mesopotamia and Persia.
Sadly, this is only speculation as these tribes of peoples lived before writing and recordkeeping so little to no evidence has been documented. This is where the etymology experts come in. A group of scholars have been able to use a method of backward engineering and comparison techniques to be able to create a theoretical framework that is suggested to be the closest ever version of the Archaic language we are ever likely to be able to see, or more precisely hear.
Remembering the tribal and nomadic nature of the people’s that made up the collective known as the P.I.E.’s this is thought to have been the origins for different dialects to spring up and create the basis of new and ever evolving languages. Possibly even being a supposed forerunning for languages such as Sanskrit, Early Latin and Baltic based languages.
Why again, I hear you all ask do we need to know this, if we have already determined that demon is a greek word.
Well, I answer you, the term may have evolved from a Greek work but here is where the evolution of my original question comes into play. If these peoples had the concept of language and spirituality, Positive and Negative then it goes without saying that demons would have existed. No? If you answered yes to that question however then I commend your curiosity and pose this question to you:
“What where demons called before the word demon was created?”
Question asked by: Booker, A.J., Circa 2021.
This is why we need to look into the other fields of religion, Philosophy, History, Etymology, Theology etc.
It is by understanding what came before can we truly only hope to understand the evolution of things, their names, their being and a host of other characteristics.
The Prehistoric Peoples of the Proto-Indo-European Civilizations Religious and Spiritual Beliefs Part 1:
The peoples of the stone age and early Neolithic humanity held in great reverence the Celestial and the Natural world and as such this formed the basis for the developing notion of spiritual and religious beliefs as well as being able to provide some form of answers to and for the unexplained and supernatural phenomena that presented themselves to this early form of humanity and Fledgling civilization.
These seemingly monumental in power primordial forces of the Celestial and Natural worlds, that had an impact on the very land, sea, air, skies, food waters and even upon life itself ushered in a new dawn of early Stoneage and Neolithic peoples worshipping these controlling primordial forces as Deities, Gods and Goddesses commanding these events from up high controlling events that were in essences to broad for the primitive mind and developed mind I hasten to add to comprehend. We can't blame all of the misfortunes on a primitive mind now can we.
Let's jump a little further ahead into the developed P.I.E.’s civilization and take a look at some of the Primordial deities that within the pantheon.
As you would expect there were deities that ruled the sea, the stars the moon and the sun and these were all hierarchical in nature as you would expect in a pantheon these deities would be ruled over by a chief deity or creator God. A concept that later on in history as these tribes found themselves spreading into far and distant lands such as The Middle-East, Africa, India and up into the Balken States and beyond would shape the developing religions of the civilizations to come all of the way to the point in history when Monotheism took prevalence thousands of years later.
Now all of this is very interesting I here you say, yet again I feel that you are asking me “Where do demons fit into this?”, “What and where are you going with this fascinating jaunt into the world of Archaeological Academia?”
Well, my good people, here we come. The answer to your questions and it is a doozy.
They have been right here alongside us throughout this entire paper...
Yes, that’s correct, they have been right under our noses since we began. You see, the term demon didn’t really exist in terms that today, we would associate it with.
Demons, in the eyes of the ancients and if truth be told myself in some respects, deities. Well at least the higher-ranking ones anyway but more of that later.
In the eyes and minds of the ancients Gods and Demons were actually, one and the same. They were both considered supernatural beings in appearance they both held sway over the fates or the lives of the mortals that were in existence and believe it or not they both were more or less mostly benevolent, although as you will discover later on as we progress through this series that this was not actually always the case.
Over time as mankind evolved and civilizations came and went, empires rose and fell, so too did the evolution of these supreme beings and the distinction between the two became more and more defined.
As events unfolded and Natural disasters became more prevalent civilisations more frequently explained the unexplainable as wrathful repercussions of the people displeasing the omnipotent supreme beings that they worshipped. And the first look at the demonic began to take place.
Over time as with most perceived as evil or malevolent their celestial powers and standings became diminished as more heroic Gods smote and cast them out of their celestial paradise.
In essence again, it is the oldest running and first smear campaign to be invented.
Here is where another question arises, one that we shall at least attempt to answer later on in the series but I feel we should at least broach now for good measure and that is the question.
“Was it man that created and twisted the history and nature of these once deified beings to explain the unexplained behaviour of mankind or is it mankind that was tainted and twisted by the Demonic?”
After all it is said that one man’s God is another Man’s Devil.
Now we find ourselves coming to a close for this chapter my friends, I do hope that you have enjoyed the time we have spent together.
We are going to skip ahead now from the earliest civilizations to slightly more modern ones, well in archaeological terms more modern I suppose. We have finally nearing the terminus of today's journey landing at the word demon.
We now skip forward to the ancient and mysterious times of the Sumerian and Akkadian and this is where we start to see truly interesting developments.
As we have mentioned previously The Gods and Goddesses of the Primordial world evolved into the Ancient and were in most cases benevolent, however were not above petty vengeance when the mood took them and when it came to one another and interactions and truly if to be believed in epic proportions.
Stories evolved of how The Gods and Goddesses plotted to over throw one another, manipulate or seduce for gain of beneficial treatment and in some cases killing one another to benefit themselves.
This is where that question I asks a moment ago comes back into play a little did the gods look down on the freedoms of the mortals and become influenced by mankind's corrupt nature and behaviour corrupting them and lessening their divine purpose or did mankind learn these behaviours from their creators and as such their tutelage gained them punishment from the higher order of deities?
As a result, it was seen that through the influence of these lesser deities' mankind became more adept in the fields of deceit, violence and sexual divine and as a consequence we continued to blame these beings, twisting them and corrupting them further from who they once were to the demonic and vilified in an attempt to absolve mankind of its perpetual fall from the path of righteousness.
This is where in my opinion, the Birth of The Demonic Began.
Now we have discovered in brief, a possible origin of the demonic let us have a look at the word Demon.
Demon/Daemon/Daimon are all basically evolutionary stages of the word we use today to describe negative entities that are demonic in nature.
Daemon is by far the oldest spelling of the word, at least that I can find in terms of Ancient Language translated into modern terminology.
The word Diamon comes from the classic Greek and is said that a daemon/daimon(s) have no particular allegiance to good or evil but are terms to rather, help define the beings' characteristics or personality traits.
The term Daimon in Greek religious terms refer to a supernatural power. Daimon and Theos (The classical Greek Term used for God) are used interchangeably in the respects of classification purposes.
The term Theos is used to describe and represent the supernatural being's personality and the term Daimon is used to define and represent the supernatural beings sudden and unexpected activity.
So, it is in a sense therefore we use the term Daimon to explain a sudden and unexpected supernatural intervention that isn’t always associated with a specific deity, but has an effect on a mortal's fate.
As the golden age of Greece passed and a more oppressive nature took a hold of the civilization so did the spiritual beliefs surrounding the demonic and the dead.
The dead in essence became almost daimonic in nature. This in turn lead to scholars of the time speculating as to the origins of these beings and their unexplained intentions and identities.
They Envisaged lesser deities or a lower order of celestial being possibly mortal or part mortal however almost always superior to humanity in every way shape and form.
Later on, as time passed in the 8th century, we see taken from Medieval Latin the appearance of the word ‘Demon’
TO BE CONTINUED...
This is where my friends we are going to part ways for now.
Instalment number II is in the works and will be ready as soon as I can put pen to paper. Or fingers to keyboard.
IT IS WITH GREAT APPRICIATION I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GOOD PEOPLE OF PUBLIXX PUBLISHING FOR PUBLISHING THIS AND HOPE THAT YOU FIND IT USEFUL IN YOUR RESEARCH.
HAPPY RESEARCHING MY FRIENDS.
Writings by Booker, A.J., From 2005 – present.
Ars Goetia: Lemegeton Book 1, New Edition, 2018, First Edition, 17th Century Author Unknown, First English Edition, 1904, Edited by Tarl Warwick.
Demonology of King James I, Original Edition, 1579, King James I, New Edition, Edited by Tarl Warwick, 2016.
The KJV of The Bible (Various Authors)
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