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Christian Demonology and Popular Mythology
(Demons, Spirits, Witches, Volume II)

The editors:
Éva Pócs
is professor at Janus Pannonius University, Pécs, Hungary, renowned scholar of historical anthropology, authority on folk beliefs in East Central Europe. Author of Between the Living and the Dead, published by CEU Press in 1998.

Gábor Klaniczay is professor at the Central European University, and at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Taught and did research at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and the Sorbonne in Paris, at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, the Getty Center for Arts and the Humanities, Santa Monica etc.

This is the second volume of a series of three. The other two volumes in this set are Communicating with the Spirits, and Witchcraft Mythologies and Persecutions.

The authors—recognized historians, ethnologists, folklorists coming from four continents—present the latest research findings on the relationship, coexistence and conflicts of popular belief systems, Judeo-Christian mythology and demonology in medieval and modern Europe.
The present volume focuses on the divergence between Western and Eastern evolution, on the different relationship of learned demonology to popular belief systems in the two parts of Europe. It discusses the conflict of saints, healers, seers, shamans with the representatives of evil; the special function of escorting, protecting, possessing, harming and healing spirits; the role of the dead, the ghosts, of pre-Christian, Jewish and Christian spirit-world, the antagonism of the devil and the saint.


Introduction by Gábor Klaniczay and Éva Pócs; Part I Learned Demonology, Images of the Devil Benedek Láng, Demons in Krakow, and Image Magic in a Magical Handbook; Anna Kuznetsova, "A Wall of Bronze" or Demons versus Saints: Whose Victory?; Erzsébet Tatai, An Iconographical Approach to Representations of the Devil in Medieval Hungary; György E. Szőnyi, Talking With Demons. Early Modern Theories and Practice; Éva Szacsvay, Protestant Devil Figures in Hungary; Ulrika Wolf-Knuts, The Devil and Birthgiving Part II Exchanges between Elite and Popular Concepts Karen P. Smith, Serpent-damsels and Dragon-slayers: Overlapping Divinities in a Medieval Tradition; Wanda Wyporska, Jewish, Noble, German, or Peasant? - The Devil in Early Modern Poland; Jonas Liliequist, Sexual Encounters with Spirits and Demons in Early Modern Sweden: Popular and Learned Concepts in Conflict and Interaction; Soili-Maria Eklund, Church Demonology and Popular Beliefs in Early Modern Sweden; Part III Evil Magic and Demons in East European and Asian Folklore Ilana Rosen, Saintly and Sympathetic Magic in the Lore of the Jews of Carpatho-Russia Between the Two World Wars; Monika Kropej, Magic as Reflected in Slovenian Folk Tradition and Popular Healing Today; L’upcho S. Risteski, Categories of the “Evil Dead" in Macedonian Folk Religion; Anna Plotnikova, Balkan Demons’ Protecting Places; Vesna Petreska, Demons of Fate in Macedonian Folk Beliefs; Zmago Šmitek, Gog and Magog in the Slovenian Folk Tradition; Ágnes Birtalan, Systematization of the Concept of Demonic and Evil in Mongolian Folk Religion; List of Contributors Index

"The focus is limited to central and eastern Europe and Scandinavia. This is quite valuable, insofar as there is no great surplus of scholarship on the topics of magic, witchcraft, and demonology from these lands - certainly not scholarship readily available to western European or North American academics generally limited to English, French, and German. Presenting a number of studies from these eastern (and northern) regions in English is a worthwhile service." - Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft

292 pages
ISBN 978-963-7326-76-9 cloth $50.00 / €44.95 / £40.00

Demons, Spirits, Witches
Volume I Communicating with the Spirits 2005
Volume II Christian Demonology and Popular Mythology 2006
Volume III Witchcraft Mythologies and Persecutions 2008