The site http://www.deliriumsrealm.com has the following definition for the word demon:
So, to encompass all of these types of entities on my pages, I am choosing to define "demon" as an entity who meets one or more of the following characteristics (yes, they are vague):As you can see above, the word 'demon' comes with a lot of baggage. I've preferred to use the term "discordant spirit/entity" instead of the word demon. That said, I will continue to use the word demon because it is available.
1) Relates in some way to the Judeo-Christian devil
2) Is identified by a prominent demonologist as a demon
3) Relates to the "trickster" archetype defined by CG Jung
4) Is associated with Death or the Underworld
5) Has a destructive side (i.e. kills, drinks blood, causes destruction for fun, etc)
6) Is associated with a destructive force of nature (i.e. Whirlwind)"
Tibetan shamans exchanged their blood for practical services by demons. These beings were non-human, and my understanding is that they were not naturally full of malice. I believe that there are many beings on the multiple planes and levels of existence. We exist in this place called the "physical reality". Other realities intersect with our reality. These touch points are at many vibrations. Some touch points are easily seen and some much less easily seen. While there are entities that were formally human, there are naturally a large number of completely non-human entities coming through the touch points.
The behavior of the visiting entities can be foreign to our human norms. This is not unexpected, as the beings are coming from a place that is foreign to our reality. It is a mistake that they operate with the same motivations and limitations of behavior. This can lead to an impression of an entity being evil when their behavior is destructive/harmful to our physical bodies. The replies to my recent blog entry indicated that there can even be a measure of anger/fear from a being brought into our reality against it's will. Demon behavior is not unanticipated if a bigger trans-dimensional view is taken.
An analogy would be if roaches summoned humans. The roaches would be screamed "evil evil evil" as the humans squashed the roaches. The humans would quite content with the morality of killing a household pest. If the human were "summoned" into the roach reality, the response of squashing the roach sorcerers would be understandable. That said, there are beings who seem to take pleasure with the suffering of humans. This could be attributed to the motivation gap between realities. I’ve also heard that there is an amount of jealousy of those who are physical. The other dimension beings, for reasons of their own, choose to exact a "revenge" of sorts on the physical. But then again, perhaps it is not revenge anymore than water gets "revenge" on fire by dousing the flames.
I guess my final questions would be, are there really any entities that are classic "demons"? Has the myth of religion warped this word into something that isn't really usable? Is the word, used by both religion and ceremonial guys, just a handle to hang the behavior of a group of unrelated beings? Is the "evil demon" just a misunderstood being that is wisely avoided?
I would love to hear other's thoughts on this.