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Demonology and Devil-Lore

Demonology and Devil-Lore
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108044165

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About the Authors
  • Moncure Daniel Conway (1832–1907), the son of a Virginian plantation-owner, became a Unitarian minister but his anti-slavery views made him controversial. He later became a freethinker, and following the outbreak of the Civil War, which deeply divided his own family, he left the United States for England in 1863. He gained a reputation for being the 'least orthodox preacher in London', and was acquainted with many figures in the literary and scientific world, including Charles Dickens and Charles Darwin. In this two-volume work, first published in 1879, Conway draws from examples across the world to discuss the origins and decline of beliefs in demons. In Volume 1, he classifies types of demon and argues that the various types are personifications of the main obstacles to 'primitive man'. In Volume 2, he discusses the role that the Devil plays in Christianity, and that similar figures play in other religions.

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    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108044165
    • length: 936 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 54 mm
    • weight: 1.26kg
    • contains: 64 b/w illus.
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Part I:
    1. Dualism
    2. The genesis of demons
    3. Degradation
    4. The abgott
    5. Classiciation
    Part II:
    1. Hunger
    2. Heat
    3. Cold
    4. Elements
    5. Animals
    6. Enemies
    7. Barrenness
    8. Obstacles
    9. Illusion
    10. Darkness
    11. Diseases
    12. Death
    Part III:
    1. Decline of demons
    2. Generalisation of demons
    3. The serpent
    4. The worm
    5. Apophis
    6. The serpent in India
    7. The basilisk
    8. The dragon's eye
    9. The combat
    10. The dragon-slayer
    11. The dragon's breath
    12. Fate. Volume 2: Part IV:
    1. Diabolism
    2. The second best
    3. Ahriman, the divine devil
    4. Viswámitra, the theocratic devil
    5. Elohim and Jehovah
    6. The consuming fire
    7. Paradise and the serpent
    8. Eve
    9. Lilith
    10. War in heaven
    11. War on earth
    12. Strife
    13. Barbaric aristocracy
    14. Job and the divider
    15. Satan
    16. Religious despotism
    17. The prince of this world
    18. Trial of the great
    19. The man of sin
    20. The Holy Ghost
    21. Antichrist
    22. The pride of life
    23. The curse of knowledge
    24. Witchcraft
    25. Faust and Mephistopheles
    26. The wild huntsman
    27. Le bon diable
    28. Animalism
    29. Thoughts and interpretations

  • Author

    Moncure Daniel Conway

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