Monday, August 30, 2010

Demonographia ~ Collin de Plancy II

14. Balan, great and terrible king of hell. Sometimes he has three heads: that of a bull, that of a man, that of a ram. Joint to all this is a serpent's tail amd eyes which shoot fire. But more commonly he is shown riding nide and horned upon a bear and carrying a sparrowhawk on hs wrist. His voice is hoarse and violent. He advises on the past, the present, and the future. This demon, who used to be in the heavenly order and who commands to this day forty hellish legions, teaches cunning, finesse, and the easy way to see without being seen.

15. Barbatos, great and powerful demon, horned earl of hell, similar to Robin of the Woods or Jack in the Green; he appears in the form of an archer or hunter; one meets him in the forests. Four kings sound the horn before him. He teaches divination by bird song, by the lowing of cattle, by the barking of dogs and the cries of diverse animals. He knows the treasures buried in the earth by magicians. He reconciles friends who have fallen out. This demon, who was once of the order of the virtus of heaven or of those of the heavely dominions, is reduced today to commanding thirty hellish legions. He knows the past and the future.

16. Behemoth, heavy and stupid demon, in spite of his stateliness. His strength is in his loins; his domains are gluttony and the pleasures of the belly. Several devil worshippers say that in hell he is butler and high cupbearer. Bodin believes that Behemoth in none other than the Egyptian Pharoah who persecuted the Hebrews. Behemoth is spoken of in Job as a monstrous creature. Some commentators say that he is a whale, and others that he is an elephant; but there have been other montrous species which have disappeared. One sees in the works of Urbain Grandier that Behemoth is surely a demon. Delancre says that one sees him as a montrous animal, because he gives the form of all the grossest beasts. He swears that Behemoth can also disguise himself to perfection as dog, an elephant, a fox, or a wolf.
If Wierus, our oracle on all that concerns demons, does not admit Behemoth to his inventory of the infernal monarchy, he says, in his first book, Des Prestiges des Demons, ch.xxi, that Behemoth or the elephant could well be Satan himself, of whom one grants vast powers.
Finally, because one reads, in Ch.40 of Job, that Behemoth eats as much hay as a beef, the rabbis will make of him a marvelous roast reserved for the festival of their Messiah. This beef is so enormous, they say, that he gobbles up every day the hay of a thousand huge mountains, which he has grazed since the beginning of the world. he never leaves his thousand mountains, or the grass that he had eaten that day would push back the night into the next day. They swear that God killed the female of the species in the beginning; since one could not let such a race multiply. The Jews promise well of the joy at the festival where he will be the 'piece de resistance'. They swear on their side by the flesh of Behemoth.

17. Belphegor, demon of discoveries and of ingenious inventions. He often takes the body of a young girl. He gives wealth. The Moabites, who called him Bealphegor, worshipped him on Mount Phegor. Some rabbis say that one renders homage to him on a toilet, and that one offers him the ignoble residue of ones' digestion. It was worthy of him. It is for this reason that some of the learned see in Belphegor only the god Pet (Far(t)) or "Crepitus"; other wise ones maintain that he is Priapus. Selden, cited by Banier, maintains that one offers him human victims, of whom his priests eat the flesh. Wierus remarks that this is a demon who always has an open mouth, observing that it belongs without doubt to the name of Phegor, which signifies according to Leloyer, 'crevice' or 'split', because he was sometimes worshipped in caves, and that one threw to him offerings through an air hole.

18. Belzebuth or belzebub or Beelzebuth, rpince of demons according to the Scriptures; formost in power and crime after Satan, according to Milton; supreme chief of the infernal empires, according to most demonographers. His name signifies "lord of the flies". Bodin claims that he is no longer seen in his temple. He was the most revered god of the Canaanites, who sometimes represented him with the figure of a fly, more often with attributes of a sovereign power. he rendered oracles, and King Ochozias consulted him over a troubling malady; he was severely reprimanded for this by the prophet Elijah.
One attributed to him the poer to deliver men from flies who ruined the harvests.
Almost all the demonomaniacs regard him as the sovereign of the gloomy empire; and each depicts him colored by his own imagination. Milton gives him an imposing aspect and high wisdom breathes on his face. One says he is as high as a tower; another of a size equal to our own; some give him the form and figure of a snake; in that form he is also seen with feminine traits.
The monarch of hell, said Palingene, in Zodiaco Vitae, is of a prodigious size, seated on an immense throne surrounded by a ring of fire. He has a swollen chest, bloated face, flashing eyes, raised eyebrows and a menacing air. He has extremely large nostrils and two great horns on his head; he is black like a Moor; two vast bat-like wings are attached to his shoulders; he has two large duck feet, a lion's tail, and shaggy hair from his head to his feet.
Some say greater tha Belzebuth is Priapus; others, like Porphyrus confuse him with Bacchus. Some believed that they found in him the Belbog ot Belbach (white god) of the Slavs, because his bloody image was always covered with flies, like the Belzebuth among the Syrians. One said that he was the same as Pluto. It is more reasonable to believe that he is Baël, whom Wierus made emperor of hell; all the more so since Belzebuth is not found by the name in his inventory of the infernal monarchy.
One sees in Solomon's 'Clavicules' that Belzebuthappeasr sometimes in monstrous form, like that of an anormous calf or a goat with a long tail; nonetheless, he is often shown with the face of an ugly fly. He appeared to Faust "dressed like a bee and with two dreadful ears and his hair painted in all colors with a dragon't tail". The Marechal of Retz saw him as a leopard. When he was angry, one swears that he breathed fire and howled like a wolf. Finally, sometimes Astaroth appears at his side in the form of an ass.

19. Berith, duke of hell, great and terrible. He is known by three names; some call him Beal, the Jews call him Berith, and the necromancers, Bolfri.
He appears in the guise of a young soldier dressed all in red from head to foot, mounted on a horse of the same color, wearing a crown on his head; he responds concerning the past, the present and the future. One masters him by the virtue of magic rings; but do not forget that he is often deceitful. He has the talent to change all metals into gold: also one sometimes regards him as the demon of the alchemists. He gives dignities and makes singers' voices clear and uplifting. Twenty six legions are under his orders.
He is the idol of the Sichemites and perhaps he is the same Beroth of Sanchoniation, whose learned ones believe him to be Pallas or Diana.
The author of "Solide Tresor du Petit Albert" tells a story of an adventure of Berith's which made him believe that this demon is no more than a goblin or elf, but stilll it is the same Berith.
" I found myself, he said, in a house where a familiar spirit had manifested for six years taking care of winding the clock and currying horses. I was curious one morning to examine these proceedings: my astonishment was great to see a curry-comb running over the hindquarters of a horse which appeared to be done by no visible hand. the groom told me that to attract the familiar to his service, he had taken a small black chicken, which he had bled at a great crossroad; that with its blood he had written on a scrap of paper: "Berith will come to my aid for twenty years, and I will recompense him: next having buried the chicken a foot deep in the earth, that same day the familiar had taken care of the clock and some horses, and that from time to time gave the groom things which were worth something..."
The historian seems to believe that this elf was a mandrake. the cabalists see nothing other than a sylph.

20. Beyrewa, Indian demon, chief of the souls who wander in the changed space of the aerial demons. One says that he has very long and crooked nails. Brahma had one day insulted a superior god. Beyrewa, charged with punishing him, cut off one of his heads with his nail. Brahma, humiliated, begged pardon, and the god Eswara promised him that as consolation he would be no less respected with four remaining heads than he was before with five heads.

21. Buer, demon of the second order, a president of hell. he had the form of a star or of a wheel with five branches, and advanced by rolling himself. He teaches philosophy, logic and the virtues of herbal medicines. He boasts of giving good servants and curing the sick. he commands fifty legions.

22. Caacrinolaas, high president of hell. He presents himself in the form of a dog, and he ambles like one, with the wings of a griffin. He gives knowledge of the liberal arts, and by a bizarre contrast, he inspires murder. One says that he predicts the future very well. This demon can make a man invisible and commands thirty six legions. The "Great Grimoire" calls him Classpalabolas, and makes only of him a kind sergeant who was sometimes mounted to Nebiros or Naberus.

23. Cali, queen of the demons and sultana of the Indian hell. One represents her as completely black, with a collar of golden skulls. In times of yoreone offered her human victims.

24. Caym, demon of a superior class, high president of hell. He usually shows himself in the guise of a blackbird. When he appears in human form, he responds from the midst of a burning brazier; he carries in his hand a tapering sword. He is, it is said, the most wise denizen of hell; and he could by the astuteness of his arguements cause the most seasoned logician to despair. It is with him that Luther had that famous dispute from which he has spared us the details. Cayn gives the knowledge to make intelligible the songs of birds, the lowing of cattle, the barking of dogs, and the noise of the waves. He nows the future. Sometimes he shows himself as a man coifed with an agret headdress and adorned with a peacock tail. This demon who was in olden times with the order of angels, commands at the present thirty legions in hell.

25. Cerbere, Cerberus or Naberus is a demon to us. Wierus places him as one of the marquis of the infernal empire. He is strong and powerful; when he doesn't appear as a three headed dog, he shows himself as a raven; his voice is raucous; nevertheless he gives eloquence and amiability; he imparts the arts of gracious living. Twenty nine legions obey him.

26. Crapaud. Toads hold a high place in sorcery. Witches love them and select them. They always need them, they attend to them, nourish them, and some they dress in livery of green, red or black velvet. Pierre Delanere says that great witches are ordinarily assisted by some demon, who is always on their left shoulder in the shape of a toad, having two little horns on its head. He could only be seen by those who were or would be witches. The devil baptised toads at the sabbath. Jeannette Abadie and other women have revealed that they have seen toads dressed in red velvet and some in black velvet; they wear a small bell around the nck and another on their hind foot.

27. Dance of the Sabbath. Pierre Delancre asserts that the sabbath dances drove men wild and made women miscarry. One says the devil taught different kinds of dances to the witches of Geneva. These dances were very rude, since they used birch rods and staffs like those they used to make animals dance. It was in this country that a young woman had given to her by the devil a stone of fire which had the virtues of making anyone who touched it dance. She mocked the judges during her trial, and protested to them that they could not make her die; but she changed her tune.
Demons danced with witches in the form of a goat or some other animal. One generally dances in a circle at the sabbath, back to back, rarely alone or with two. There are three brawls; the first is called the bohemian brawl; the second is executes like those of our country artisans, that is to say lepaing while always keeping the back turned; in the third brawl, all place themselves in a line, holding hands and with a certain cadence, do a little sidestep, like the one we call the gallop today. One executes these dances to the sound of a little tambourine, a flute, a violin or other instrument that one strikes with a stick. It is the only music at the sabbath. This way witches are assured that there are no concerts in the world better executed.

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