Supernatural Demon Asmodeus
Ancient Persia identifies Asmodeus as the demon Aeshma Daeva. He is one of the seven archangels in Persian mythology. He is a fiend of the wondering spear who is a demon of passion, jealousy, and rage. His name meaning may also come from the Hebrew shamad, which means “to destroy.” It is also known as the destroyer of men and also the demon of lust.
The king of Demons
Jewish lore describes Asmodeus as the “king of demons”. He appears in the Book of Tobit, frequently called the Book of Tobias. Tradition has it that Asmodeus fell in love with Sarah, the beautiful daughter of Raguel. He desired Sarah for himself and did not want her marrying a human man. But Sarah did marry. And each time Asmodeus came to the marriage bed, he killed her new husband. This occurred seven times. The seven deadly sins. Tobias, the eponymous author of the book, was visited by the angel. He told him how to handle the demonic paramour. Tobias married Sarah and drove Asmodeus away. The demon fled to the furthest regions of Egypt where the angel Raphael bound him.
In the Testament of Solomon, Asmodeus plays a very significant role. King Solomon asks the demon for his functions. Asmodeus describes them as causing destruction of fidelity between man and wife. This either through calamities or causing the man to be led astray. He also attacks the beauty of virgins by causing them to waste away. In a passage reminiscence of the Book of Tobit, Asmodeus admits that the angel Raphael has power over him. He also put to flight by burning the gall of a specific fish.
The Testament of Solomon mention that he was “born of an angel’s seed by a daughter of man,”. If this is true, he would be among the Watchers. He was included within the Seraphim, the highest angelic order. But fell from grace and in the Jewish Haggadah about Noah. Asmodeus has come from a union between the fallen angel Shamdon and a lusty maiden Naamah. King Solomon bound him with iron, a metal frequently used as an anathema for the demons. Also, in faerie lore of the British Isles, iron is used to harm or drive away the fey.
The husband of lilith
Also, according to Hebraic tradition Asmodeus is the husband of Lilith. The queen of lust and mother of the succubi and incubi, or is associated with her. Being companion to Lilith is very likely since he is a devil of lechery, sensuality, and luxury. He has cock feet and is famous for his sexual vigor.
The Grimoire of Armadel menction a conjunction of Asmodeus and Leviathan. The two demons can teach about malice of other demons. But the operator is cautioned when using this technique because these two demons lie. In Francis Barrett’s The Magus, Asmodeus is associated with the sin of wrath. Arthur Edward Waite’s 1910 edition of the Book of Black Magic and Pacts mentions Asmodeus. It name him as the superintendent of Hell’s casinos. He mention of a demonic hierarchy stems from the nineteenth-century demonologist Charles Berbiguier.
Of course Christianity continued demonizing him. He was a major target in the Witch Trials during the Middle Ages. Ascribed with a sexual nature. He was among the chief demons that the Witches accused. Accusation was of having sexual relationships with. Also, he was accused for his relationship with Lilith. It was a patron of sorcerers and magicians who invoked him to strike their enemies. He also ruled gambling houses and was invoked bareheaded. He was one of the infernal agents accused of possessing the nuns of Louvers in France (see Black Mass).
See also Belial Demon.
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