By Carol K. Mack, Dinah Mack
Watch your again! . . . how you can spot and determine demons and different subversive spirits . . . And what to do next.
Demons, fairies, and fallen angels are all over. They lurk at crossroads, crouch in the back of doorways, cover in timber, slip into beds, wait in caves, hover at weddings and childbirths, hide themselves as buddies, relatives-even conceal themselves as you. they're strong; they're protean; they're spell binding. And, to the uninformed, they can be invisible. This illustrated guide-the first of its kind-reveals the notable diversifications of the demon and fairy species all over the world. jam-packed with lore approximately each one demon, detailing its origins, the tradition surrounding it, and its reputed antics and exploits, A box advisor to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels, and different Subversive Spirits is an interesting exploration of world mythologies. ideal for the armchair traveller and the intrepid, professional demon-spotter alike, this whole consultant to subversive spirits bargains a behind-the-scenes examine the devilish mishaps, impish irritations, and demonic devastations that punctuate our lives.
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The Munuane lives to protect local residents and, as their guardian, considers all human beings edible and destructive. If, by acting greedily, the hunter should encounter the Munuane, its knees are its weakness. WAHWEE Australia The Wahwee is a deep-water-hole amphibian of the Aborigine with a froglike head, a long tail, and three legs on either side of its body. It is nearly thirty feet long. It is known for its insatiable appetite and for its supernatural power to cause flooding, rains, or drought.
She uses her amphibian prowess to roam about on land luring children with baskets of goodies and young men with her obvious charms. Unfortunately she is doomed to remain lonely; either her partners drown or she tickles them to death before they have a chance. This serial behavior keeps her in continual prowl mode. Yet she never seems to learn. The Rusalka is able to live on land for long times at a stretch, years, according to some lore. This is because she keeps with her a magic comb that she uses to conjure up water, bringing some element of home to whatever habitat she visits.
They often transform from one lifetime to the next and can be reborn as saintly human beings. In the lore of India, all demons are born with the seeds of their own self-destruction set in place by their own action, and they will come to their inevitable end by their own actions. Farther east in Asia we witness demonic power as the wrathful or terrific aspect of a deity, to be harnessed for vari- ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES / X X X I I ous uses. In Buddhism, the demon was considered basically as an obstacle to Enlightenment.