Every religion believes in the reality of spiritual creatures like demons, ghosts and powers whose presence can’t be proven with logic or science. They ae playing a major part in mythology, books, and movies. Here are the Top Ten Demons from various religions and different cultures around the world that humans must keep away from if they want to evade the horror these demons wreak upon humankind.
Djinn is associated with the religion Islam. According to the Qur’an, djinn have free will just like the man, i.e., they can be good and evil. They are known as genies in the western world. They are made up of smokeless flame.
Furies were female deities of the underworld who represented vengeance and the anger of humans who had died untimely. These creatures are from the Greco-Roman mythology and are known as Erinyes in Greek. They generally attack humans in groups of three. Their eyes drip with blood and have wings resembling the bat.
According to legendary traditions, Incubus is a demon in male form, and they devise upon women to have sex with them. Incubus comes from the Latin word “incubo” which can be literally interpreted as “nightmare.” They do this to make the woman pregnant and to be a father to a child.
Now comes the legendary creature from Japanese mythology. Raiju has a body made of either fire or lightning. They are seen in the form of a cat, monkey or a blue wolf wrapped in lightning. Raiju literally means “thunder beast” in English. They become disturbed and starts jumping on top of trees and buildings. These demons like to sleep in the navels of sleeping humans.
Female counterparts of Incubus, Succubus demons visit the beds of men at night and seduce them in their dreams. They do this in order to draw sexual energy from and sustain. Their appearance is quite frightening with wings and tail.
Pazuzu was the evil spirit that controlled the young girl Regan MacNeil in the classic horror film, The Exorcist. These demons are known for causing locust during the rainy season and famine during dry seasons. It has a lion’s head, man’s body, two pairs of wings, a scorpion’s tail, and a serpentine penis.
Berith is considered as the “Great Duke of Hell,” and is the commander of twenty-six legions of other demons. He acts against the Christian God. He arrives as a soldier upon a red horse wearing red clothes and a golden crown. He enjoys torturing humans into madness before murdering.
Banshee means “woman of the fairy mounds” in English. She is a spirit from Ireland and is believed to be the omen of death from the Otherworld. Her loud screams cause chills of fear in us. If someone hears her cries, it is warning that you or your loved ones are going to die.
Pishachas are flesh eating demons found in the cremation grounds and dark places. These demons possess humans, and they suffer from abnormalities and illnesses to their physical body. They can adopt different forms and even become invisible.
Abaddon is introduced to in the book of Revelation. In Hebrew, the name means “place of destruction” while in old Greek it interprets to “Destroyer”. In most religious texts Abaddon is described as the demon or angel of destruction, a powerful figure of the Apocalypse, and one of the main demons of hell that in many events refuse to obey even Satan. According to Christian tradition, this demon is described as the king of the bottomless pit that contains lost souls.