Want to know how to become a demonologist? Curious about what they really do and how you can make a career out of it?
In this post, we will give you all the answers that you might have wondered about.
But, we'll start at the beginning.
What is Demonology?
Demonology is the study of demons or the beliefs about demons.
With the understanding of demons comes the methods of how to destroy, them, or prevent them from doing harm.
Demons can be beings that are nonhuman, human, souls, or other types of spirits.
Studying and learning about demonology allowed for the explanation of diseases and events that could not be explained naturally.
Many say the art of demonology first began in the early 15th century but started to wane in the late 17th century.
However, belief in demons goes back many millennia.
The Zoroastrian faith taught that there were over three thousand demons.
Some of those demons had certain responsibilities like encouraging disasters such as war, starvation, sickness and
Students of demonology have persisted throughout history and are still around today.
Teachings Might Have Changed But
Their learnings have changed to accommodate the world around them, but the idea is the same.
The fight against demons and related beings will never end as long as humans exist on Earth.
Though demonologists have become less known to the public, that does not mean they aren't important and working behind the scenes.
Demonology Across History
To fully appreciate demonology, it is important to understand the history from around the world and different time periods.
Learning not only about the demons themselves and how to defeat them, but the people who came before make for a well-rounded demonologist.
In between lessons about the demons, take the time to concentrate on a country at a time; appreciation for what historical figures did to battle against demons will provide inspiration and motivation.
It is also important to know that demons across cultures have different names, yet they may be the same being as one from somewhere else.
Knowing all of the names a demon can go by may be the most challenging aspect of demonology.
The Salem Witch Hunts
Demonology was around and thriving during the Salem witch trials and it contributed to the fierceness of the witch hunt.
People used the beliefs of the demonologists and their own superstitions, twisting them together so they could go on witch hunts.
While demonology does include the study of witches, it is unlikely that most of the people killed during this time were witches.
They were innocent people that witch hunters used false demonology information to kill them.
With the rise of more understanding during the early 17th century, witch hunting subsided as people became more understanding of the world around them.
Demonologists faded into obscurity, but their teachings remained to guide and protect those around them.
The Mesopotamian people believed that the underworld was home to many demons.
Those demons were often referred to as “offspring of the Aral.”
These demons had the ability to leave the underworld and harm the living on earth.
To make fighting such demons easier, they were categorized into groups and learned about.
One such demon class was called the Galla.
These demons had the purpose of kidnapping the living and taking them back to the underworld.
In texts, it is often said that they number in the sevens.
Sometimes these demons could be benevolent, but it was most often that they would take a living person back with them.
Demonology and Islam
Islam is one of the hardest countries to learn about regarding demonology.
There has been attempts to classify their demons and the creatures called jinn, but it hasn't been universally successful.
Different areas of Islam call the demons by different names.
Their demons are also not always spiritual, but can be physically present.
This combination makes it hard to understand the Islamic demons; weeks or months could be spent on this culture alone.
The most well-known classification of demons in Islam was created by Jahiz:
- Amir: A jinni who lives with humans in their homes.
- Shaitan: An evil jinn who creates insanity and illnesses.
- Marid: A jinn who wishes to steal from heaven.
- Bu'Bu: A jinn who scares kids.
- Ifrit: The most powerful and notorious jinn. Sometimes is a Shaitan.
- Angel: A jinni who has no evil in them and is only good.
Jinns of Islam
A Jinn is used to describe a group of beings who are invisible.
These beings may be spiritual or physical, but typically they are not able to be seen or felt by people unless the Jinn wishes it.
Si'lah: A female demon who seduces and kills men.
Similar to a Succubus.
Qarinah: A demon who is known for strangling kids and dragging them to the underworld.
Types of Demons
The first step to becoming a certified demonologist is to understand what the different types of demons are.
They are usually classified into a few different areas.
Knowing those areas can mean the difference between successfully ridding an area of a demon or succumbing to it.
There are more nuanced classes than the ones listed below, but these are a good starting point.
- Angels that fell from grace.
- Evil familiars or genii
- Spirits resulting from a cult or worship
- Ghosts or other evil beings
Notably, souls that inhabit another world are excluded from the list of demons.
Demons may also appear solid, but it is less common.
Succubi and Incubus, demons that originated from the Middle Ages were clearly solid, yet they are spiritual.
Vampires sometimes fall under the class of a demon, with types that only have a head with entrails, attacking the living at night.
Demonology Is Complicated.
There are rules for what is and isn't a demon, but sometimes those rules become blurred and bent in certain situations.
It is important to understand the rules and obey them in most circumstances, but knowing when to accept change is also
Good Readings to Become a Certified Demonologist
Choosing the best books to learn is important.
If lucky, there would be a learned demonologist available to pass on their years of knowledge.
But more likely, it will be up to the student to study and learn everything they want to know.
There are plenty of books out there about demons, witches, and other creatures.
However, a lot of those books are poor, with misleading or false information.
The authors may have good intentions, but they did not do the best research.
The three books below are a good starting point to learn about demonology.
All of the authors are respected, well known, and did the research before writing about demons.
The Encyclopaedia Of Demons & Demonology by Rosemary Ellen Guiley
Published in 2009, this book is packed full of reliable information.
The book delves into the conflicts between demons and people across history, explaining how they were battled and defeated.
It also explains the types of demons found around the world and the differences between them.
With more than 80 photographs and 400 entries detailing encounters with demons, the book will provide practical advice for
The Demonologist by Gerald Brittle
Published in 2013, this book is not for the faint of heart.
The Demonologist details the true events of the Warren couple while they attempt to remove demons from homes.
They don't hold back when describing the reality of being a demonologist and how hard it can be.
They also teach how demons who inhabit homes, finally “break the peace” and start terrorizing the occupants.
A Course In Demonology For Paranormal Investigators by Dr. Lynne Campbell
Published in 2015, this book might be difficult to find, but it is well worth the effort.
It comes with 13 lessons and a final exam.
Each lesson has homework assignments to really put your knowledge to the test.
She did her research and it shows.
None of the homework feels overly difficult, but has just enough challenge to keep the interest.
Certified Demonologist Online Schools
Paralearning.org has a diploma course in modern demonology which can be a first step for you to dig into the subject.
The course isn't that expensive and should give you a base to stand on.
If you feel that this is something that you want to develop a career around, then you should take every opportunity to read about the subject.
Most Demonologists are self-learned and your knowledge of the matter has to (at some time) come from practicing in the real world.
Only then will you learn how to deal with real demons.
Don't limit yourself. seek out more books than just the ones listed.
Harder to find and rare books from history will have knowledge that most probably aren't aware of.
If you study a particular area of demonology, such as witchcraft, find books that concentrate on that.
But even if you concentrate on one aspect of demonology, become well-rounded.
Lacking in knowledge will only hurt you further down the line.
Find groups of demonologists and talk to them, whether it is physically or online.
Spread knowledge and understanding of different cultures.
Even if you don't agree with someone's opinion, keep an open mind.
They could be correct and have more experience in the area that they are talking about.
Combine studying with practical experience and the path to becoming a demonologist will come easier.
Don't Start Out Clearing a House Full of Demons
But, no matter how eager you may be, it is always important to be safe.
Don't take on more than what you can handle.
Tackling a house occupied by a demon when you only have a couple of months' experience could be dangerous or even fatal.
Start with smaller projects and build up knowledge and expertise so when the time comes, you will be ready for the more dangerous challenges.