- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; First Edition edition (October 8, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738723061
- ISBN-13: 978-0738723068
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 137 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was looking around for something like this for a bit until I stumbled upon Michelle Belangers "The Dictionary of Demons: Names of the Damned. Great text on the demons and their buddies ;) as well as some cool old artistic representations. Mainly I purchased this as an accompaniment to the books Barlowes Inferno and Brushfire: Illustrations from the Inferno. If you haven't checked them out and you're into the occult, dark art etc, these are 2 must haves!
thank for reading my review!!
Author of: Embracing the Darkness; Understanding Dark Subcultures, and most recently, Allure Of The Vampire; Our Sexual Attraction To The Undead.
And demons have names.
Whether you believe, disbelieve or are indifferent to the concept of demons, the spiritual concept and sociological ideology behind the need to identify or create demons in human society is fascinating. In the well-researched book Dictionary of Demons by Michelle Belanger, the reader is introduced to an alphabetized pantheon of demon names, histories, side notes and indices that delve into this spiritually torrid and intellectually intriguing topic.
Most impressively, Belanger largely limits the scope of the catalogue to major Western demons and demon concepts, and she explains the criteria for who "makes the list" and why in the introduction. This immediately becomes important when you realize the amount of research that was needed to facilitate this collection, and the source material is key.
Do not let Belanger's easy-going style belie the scholarly research and investigation put into this book. A quick look at the bibliography shows investigations looking at and citing original source material whenever possible, even to the point of cross-checking editions. For example, both the 1564 and 1566 editions of Johannes Wierus' De Praestigiis Daemonum are cited and compared against each other to obtain any variations in the text.
Buy the book for the rich content, but enjoy the book for the art work. Containing the original work of artist Jackie Williams, as well as copies of original prints and other contributors, both the essence and history of this demonic chronicle comes alive.
Dictionary of Demons can be fun to flip through, but it also can a satisfying solid read. This is not just another "new age" book on demonology, yet the writing is accessible and interesting for a wide audience. Spend time looking through the indices, lists and bibliography for even more information.
As a reviewer, I am pleased to see this work come out. Given the depth and research involved in this project, I hope Ms. Belanger continues with more on this topic in other cultures.