Truth -e- DEMONS
demon, supernatural being, generally malevolent in character. In general, the more civilized pagan societies came to consider demons as powerful, supernatural beings who lacked the dignity of gods and who, depending on the circumstance, might be either benevolent or malevolent in their dealings with men. Some demons, like the Greek Pan, were nature spirits; others were guardians of the home or fields or watchers over travelers; still others were spirits of disease and insanity or dream spirits. Some demons were considered to be intermediaries between men and the gods. It was not until the development of late Hebraic and Christian thinking that demons came to represent the unqualified malevolence so common in European demonology of the 16th and 17th cent. This period was a high point in the study of demons, in the speculation on their nature, number, and specific fiendishness. The list compiled in 1589 by a demonologist named Binsfield was considered to be highly authoritative; in it he listed the following major demons and their particular evils: Lucifer (pride), Mammon (avarice), Asmodeus or Ashmodai (lechery), Satan (anger), Beelzebub (gluttony), Leviathan (envy), and Belphegor (sloth). The widespread and ancient belief in demons is still a strong force in many regions of the world today.


Different religions different DEMONS
In religions worldwide, any of various evil spirits that mediate between the supernatural and human realms. The term comes from the Greek word daimon, a divine or semidivine power that determined a person's fate. Zoroastrianism had a hierarchy of demons, which were in constant battle with Ahura Mazda. In Judaism it was believed that demons inhabited desert wastes, ruins, and graves and inflicted physical and spiritual disorders on humankind. Christianity placed Satan or Beelzebub at the head of the ranks of demons, and Islam designated Iblis or Satan as the leader of a host of evil jinn. Hinduism has many demons, called asuras, who oppose the devas (gods). In Buddhism demons are seen as tempters who prevent the achievement of nirvana.



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In religion, folklore, and mythology a demon is a supernatural being that has generally been described as a malevolent spirit. A demon is frequently depicted as a force that may be conjured and insecurely controlled. The "good" demon in recent use is largely a literary device (e.g., Maxwell's demon), though references to good demons can be found in Hesiod and Shakespeare. In common language, to "demonize" a person means to cast aspersions on them.

As the Iranian Avestan and Vedic traditions as well as other branches of Indo-European mythologies show, the notion of 'demons' has existed for many centuries.

Ancient Egyptians also believed in demonic monsters that might devour living souls while they traveled towards the afterlife, although demons per se did not exist in Ancient Egyptian belief.

The Greek conception of a daemon (δαίμων daímon) appears in the works of Plato and many other ancient authors, but without the evil connotations which are apparent in the Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Bible and in the Greek originals of the New Testament. The medieval and neo-medieval conception of a "demon" in Western civilization (see the Medieval grimoire called the Ars Goetia) derives seamlessly from the ambient popular culture of Late (Roman) Antiquity: Greco-Roman concepts of daemons that passed into Christian culture are discussed in the entry daemon, though it should be duly noted that the term referred only to a spiritual force, not a malevolent supernatural being. The Hellenistic "daemon" eventually came to include many Semitic and Near Eastern gods as evaluated by Christianity.



According to Bible
The demons mentioned in the Bible are of two classes, the "se'irim" and the "shedim".
Se'irim:
The se'irim ("hairy beings"), to which some Israelites sacrificed in the open fields, are satyr-like demons, described as dancing in the wilderness and are identical with the jinn of the Arabian woods and deserts. (But compare the completely European woodwose.) Possibly to the same class belongs Azazel, the goat-like demon of the wilderness probably the chief of the se'irim, and Lilith .Possibly "the roes and hinds of the field", by which Shulamit conjures the daughters of Jerusalem to bring her back to her lover , are faunlike spirits similar to the se'irim, though of a harmless nature.
Shedim:
The "stones of the field" with which the righteous are said to be in league, seem to be field-demons of the same nature. The wilderness as the home of demons was regarded as the place whence such diseases as leprosy issued, and in cases of leprosy one of the birds set apart to be offered as an expiatory sacrifice was released that it might carry the disease back to the desert .

Possibly the evil spirit that troubled Saul was originally a demon, turned into an evil spirit coming from God in the amended Masoretic text. None of these demons, however, has actually a place in the system of Biblical theology; it is God alone who sends pestilence and death. The shedim are "not gods" there is no supernatural power beyond God

It is possible, however, that, as at a later stage in the development of Judaism the idols were regarded as demons, so the Canaanite deities were, either in disparagement, or as powers seducing men to idolatry, called "shedim" by the sacred writers ; all the more so as the latter ascribed a certain reality to the idols



Malavolent spirit,
Muslims- Angels:Masiha Gods gift for the living creatures on earth.
You are wrong in telling the the concept of angels from Muslims' point of view.
They are the sacred creatures, who are not like human beings, hence have no body. Each angel have been assigned some work by Allah.
There are four major angels. They are given below along withe their work.
1- Hazarat Gebriel AS - brought revealtion of Allah Almighty to his prophets.
2- Hazarat Mikaeel AS - For rain, air and earning.
3- Hazarat Israel AS (its pronunciation is different from the country)- for death(Rooh Qabz karna)
4- Hazarat Israfeel AS- To below a strong wind on the day of judgment(soor phookna)

Others are:
1- Kiraman katbeen(Honourable writers)- Those two angels who write good and bad deeds of a person.
2- Munkar Nakeer(two unknown angels)- ask questions when person dies about his god, prophet etc.
3- Hamleen Arsh- (jinhin ney arsh uthahein rakha hai.

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