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The following annotated bibliography was written by Autumn Rogers for Dr. Wheeler's English 199 Class ("Writings About Medieval Monsters") on July 19, 2001.

Annotated Bibliography on Demons

Anonymous. Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible. Eds. Karel van der Toorn, Bob Pecking, Pieter W. van der Horst. 2nd Ed. Neth(erlands): Koninklijke Brill NV, 1993.

A good source for Biblical accounts of possession and the demonic. Has every demon from realistic portrayals to abstract symbolism. I would use it for papers dealing with Biblical demons.

Amundsen, Darrel W. Medicine, Society, and Faith in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. 1st Ed. NY: paperback, 2000 (408).

It is an attempt to show the controversies today and compare them to ones of equal importance to the people during the medieval period. Amundsen says, "Indeed… [that] Asclepius was a demon [was an belief] to be taken very seriously indeed." It is a good book if you are planning on being a doctor or something along those lines, but I do not mention using this book for a research paper on demons, after all there was only one I could find that he talked about.

Frongia, Eugenio N. "CANTO III: The Gate of Hell." Volume One; Lectura Dantis: Inferno. The California Lectura Dantis. The Regents of the University of California: 1998 (36-49). 3 vols.

A breakdown of Dante Alighieri's (1265-1321) Inferno, the author stresses Dante's reasons for sticking people in certain spots [in hell] and the reasons he thought some sins were worse than others. Also, how the Malebranche demon sucks people into hell once he has a grip on someone. A good book for people with a great imagination because then the words seem to come more than just to life but put you right in the action.

Green, Delta. "Pazuzu." May 23, 1999. 1 page; 13 paragraphs 16. 2001. <http://www.fortunecity.com/roswell/arkham/80/pazuzu.html> .

Discusses Assyrian demon. Pazuzu as the inspiration for the move the Exorcist.

Inglis, Brian. Natural and Supernatural: A History of the Paranormal from The Earliest Times to 1914. 2nd Eds. US: Guernsey, 1972.

Talks about early civilisations dealings with the paranormal (ghosts, demons, magic). Very interesting book. I recommend reading it. It is phrased and structured properly for easy use.

Various. Man, Myth, and Legends [series]. 24 Vols.

Just a side note: I didn't get the reference for these books but I thought readers might like to check them out if they can: Man, Myths and Legends. It's sort of a collection of magazine articles, newspaper articles and facts about legends you might hear about now and then. Very fun reading. If you're bored and at the library check them out!


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