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Possessional Demonology

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 5:39 PM by techgnotic:icontechgnotic:

Opening the Darkest Door

I have recently come across a most disturbing phenomenon in my studies of the Diabolic Infestation of the Soul. It seems there is a most frightening psychological conundrum when considering the concept of demonic possession even the most remote possibility of reality upon our earthly plane is the notion that just believing it may be true could very likely be the spark needed for the Demon to discover, seek out, and ultimately inhabit its next vessel of evil: You.

From the Exorcist through Paranormal Activity, generation after generation of “believers” seem to have come to the realization and acceptance that this openness to the very possibility of possession may be the very invitation to the demons awaiting entry just outside our otherwise normal sun-dappled realm. It is of no comfort and some fearfulness to consider that an institution as old and authoritative in all matters spiritual as The Vatican believes that demons are real and do sometimes possess humans, necessitating exorcism.

Art History gives us depiction after horrifying depiction of just how these Demons may have come to manifest themselves in our world.

Demons sporting horns may originate with the Greek god Pan, who dwelt amongst the shepherds in the countryside.

Lévi's Baphomet is the source of the later Tarot cards image of the Devil in the Rider-Waite Tarot design. The actual image of a goat in a downward-pointing pentagram first appeared in the 1897 book La Clef de la Magie Noire by Stanislas de Guaita, later adopted as the official symbol — called the Sigil of Baphomet — of the Church of Satan.

Many an artist upon the digital planes of deviantART has taken on the task of depicting Demons in all of their forms and manifestations. These are some of the most frightening yet beautiful works of art on the site.

If one believes in a God, it is said, then one must believe in a Devil...

If one believes in the protection of Angels, it would follow, then one must certainly believe in the assaults of Demons...

Be careful in what you believe... for belief itself may be what makes it so...

Vos es iam aperio.Sweet dreams for the Day of the Dead.

Questions for The Reader

  1. Do you worry that exploring demonic themes in your art might "open you up" to becoming a portal for supernatural entrance into this world?
  2. Goya? Bosch? What's the most frightening or affecting depiction of a demonic being that you've ever seen in classic or contemporary art?
  3. Does the idea that thinking about demonic spirits, simply considering their actual existence, might open a portal for them into your life frighten you? What about later tonight as you lie awake reviewing this question?
  4. Do you believe possession is a real phenomenon or simply a medical problem?
  5. Do you think “exorcising” ideas about evil through art is healthy?
  6. Have you ever abandoned an artwork because you were receiving an evil vibe from further progress on the work?
  7. Have you ever felt the presence of an evil or demonic spirit?

Opening the darkest door. I have recently come across a most disturbing phenomenon in my studies of the Diabolic Infestation of the Soul. It seems there is a most frightening psychological conundrum when considering the concept of demonic possession even the most remote possibility of reality upon our earthly plane is the notion that just believing it may be true could very likely be the spark needed for the Demon to discover, seek out, and ultimately inhabit its next vessel of evil: You.

Writers: $techgnotic
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MeniEtim Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Absolutely love this collection of work. Perfectly disturbing. 
Wampyrelli Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Everyone who touched a goat or a cat is probably damned if drawing people with horns and reptilian skin summons demons :D
ninjatakes321 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I have been doing...VERY minor studies of exorsisms. I'm finding it odd that this hasn't been labeled as pure therapy. I believe in angels and in responce also in demonic spirits on earth. But even for those who do not...the roman catholic church has seen results in an exorsism. I feel those who are against it are only because of the religious side.....a good strategy would be labeling it as "care for the mentally unstable", the church needs more exorsists, even traveling ones..I hope one day I may be able to view an exorsism, maybe even perform one <3
IRAtheIV Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Although I dont view Goyas Saturnin as a demon, it really did have the greatest affect on me. But I think thats what is so frightening about it. Saturn, the greatest God in his time is devouring his own son. There is something personal in that. I dont view demons as something to get all excited about, I think they are pretty easy to fight against, weak people can be influenced by much more dangerous human flaws. Concerning Bosch, I think his student Bruegel has touched this more. I see Bosch as painting about human - stupidity, foolishness, greed... . Bruegel was far more spiritual in this sence. But as if Bosch was some birth-mother, the surrealists got into the demonic sphere with the subconciouss, because thats what it really comes from. They showed us the demons not traditional-flesh but indirectly in their actions and consequences, making the demons more real.
glassdragon42 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think legendary evils like demons and devils are fascinating, but most definitely not real. They are the subject of many great works of art, and many horrific tales, but a real thing? I can't believe that. Of course, I'm not a very spiritual person anyway, so that might be affecting my views on demons.

1.) No. I like putting dark themes in my work, but I don't believe demons are anything more than myths.
2.) I...have no idea.
3.) Nope.
4.) Seeing as I don't believe that demons exist, I don't believe possession is a thing caused by demons or the Devil. A medical problem, though? I've never considered it from that angle.
5.) Well, I think catharsis is healthy. Does that count?
6.) No. I have taken a break from certain projects, like a story with a really heavy scene that even disturbs me to write, but not from "evil vibes."
7.) No.
Lady-LM Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
1) I do literature, and it's mostly in other realms

2) I don't really look at that kind of stuff

3) Reading this article won't make me nervous, watching The Haunted and stuff like that does

4) I'm not sure

5) As long as people don't take it too far or overreact

6) [see #1]

7) I'm not sure...
HareTrinity Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
5) I'd hope so. Getting an idea "out of my head" (be it silly, dark, or other) is frequently one of my driving forces to draw at all.

Also, when people see my dark art they tend to find it though-provoking and interesting rather than a concept that passes on to getting stuck in their minds (judging by comments).
soul-venom Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I believe that "demons" are nothing more then a man made manifestation. However I do Believe in the possibilities of beings living in a higher plane of existence. Demons are constructs of the darkest part of human psyche and has been the creation of religons (christian) to label the doings of so called non-believers or sinners which is just an exaggerated form of the real thing and intensified with the person labelling this crimes own internal fears and conflicting emotions. Remember that demons and possessions come from medieval time where religion was the only movement giving a so called reason for the happenings (demons, Gods wrath) from their lack of knowledge.
D3Darkside Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
1: No

2: I don't find demons frightening but I can at least say I like the detail and imagination that goes into most demonic designs.

3: The thought is an old one for me. Depicted demons are nothing more than hyperbolic forms of all mankind.

4: Real problem. Real or not, if a person believes they are possessed, they will act the part. Quite dangerous to have submissive personalities like that...

5: All art allows people to express supressed thought. Many of what people draw (specifically what they create most commonly)are filled with subconscious or supressed feelings. So yea, art-good.

6: No. generally I only abbandon art that frustrates me because it strays too far from my original design...which happens alot...>.>

7: not since my ex-fiance' moved to georgia. (har har)

On a seperate note, I LOVE HOLLOWEEN! The only time of year a person can be themselves. I only get awkward glares and cautious whispers any other time of the year -_-
Funky-P3t3 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1. Drawing demon-related things will not open me up to anything simply because I don't believe it will. I don't think I've drawn truly demonic things? People with horns is as far as I go.

2. I do not remember... D:

3. Not really. I'll probably dream about it though.

4. The mind is the center of a lot of problems...though that voice changing thing really gets to me...and the knowledge of contents withing sealed containers...

5. I don't think I get this question.

6. I'm not that skilled, LOL.

7. Not really. Perhaps if I did, I would believe more...or I'd be skeptical. I don't know.
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