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What do you think demons look like?

PetersSmith
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3/23/2016 11:57:38 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
Now normally I stay away from this conflict-fueled forum, but out of pure curiosity, what do you think "demons" look like, or are presumed to look like? Whether you're theistic or not, certainly you have some conception of a "demon"? For example, the Dictionnaire Infernal depicts them like this http://www.auricmedia.net.... Other conceptions of demons (specifically Lucifer) are like these http://www.debate.org.... Then of course you have more modern depictions such as this https://i.ytimg.com.... Or some depict them as spooky ghosts http://images-cdn.moviepilot.com.... Then of course Japan has to chime in http://images4.fanpop.com....

Anyways, what do you people generally think demons look like, regardless of whether you think they exist or not?
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3/24/2016 7:32:44 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/23/2016 11:57:38 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
Now normally I stay away from this conflict-fueled forum, but out of pure curiosity, what do you think "demons" look like, or are presumed to look like? Whether you're theistic or not, certainly you have some conception of a "demon"? For example, the Dictionnaire Infernal depicts them like this http://www.auricmedia.net.... Other conceptions of demons (specifically Lucifer) are like these http://www.debate.org.... Then of course you have more modern depictions such as this https://i.ytimg.com.... Or some depict them as spooky ghosts http://images-cdn.moviepilot.com.... Then of course Japan has to chime in http://images4.fanpop.com....

Anyways, what do you people generally think demons look like, regardless of whether you think they exist or not?

They are fallen angels, so at a guess, they look like angels. Like people, but incredibly tall, and they look male. Usually, these days, their only interaction is pointing people to money, and witchcraft, and doing the occasional posession.
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3/24/2016 8:26:49 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/23/2016 11:57:38 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
Now normally I stay away from this conflict-fueled forum, but out of pure curiosity, what do you think "demons" look like, or are presumed to look like? Whether you're theistic or not, certainly you have some conception of a "demon"?
Thank you, Peter, for an interesting question, and for the rare opportunity to compliment you.

By way of context, the term "demon" comes from the Greek daimon, meaning: 'deity, divine power; lesser god; guiding spirit, tutelary deity'. [http://www.etymonline.com...] What's significant about this is the lack of clear distinction between 'good' and 'evil' spirits in polytheistic faiths. Such distinction appears more commonly in monotheistic dualism, such as Zoroastrianism and later in Judaism, where the spirits and gods of other cultures are treated as unclean, and become the source for that faith's demonology.

Consequently, in European and Ancient Near-Eastern tradition, the appearance of demons derives in part from the ancient gods of cultures rivaling the early Israelites such as the Mesopotamians (the appearance of angels also derives from these sources), and later, the ancient Greeks (Lucifer is frequently drawn to resemble the satyrs sacred to the wine-god Dionysus.) [https://www.google.com.au...]

Meanwhile, in Hindu tradition, the demon rakshasas could be good or evil, sometimes fighting alongside humans. They were frequently shapeshifters and illusionists, having many fanciful forms -- as do Hindu gods. [https://www.google.com.au...]

In Chinese mythology the yaoguai demons are often animal spirits or fallen celestials with magical powers, seeking elevation or immortality. Their forms and abilities are frequently influenced by those of Hindu Rakshasas. [https://www.google.com.au...]

In Japanese culture, demons are given a similar name: yokai [https://www.google.com.au...]

Lacking belief in demons, I have no particular cultural attachment to any demon depiction, but as with all mythology, I find demonology interesting. So thank you for bringing an interesting change of pace to what I agree is often a troubled and unconstructive forum.
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3/24/2016 9:41:33 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/23/2016 11:57:38 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
Now normally I stay away from this conflict-fueled forum, but out of pure curiosity, what do you think "demons" look like, or are presumed to look like? Whether you're theistic or not, certainly you have some conception of a "demon"? For example, the Dictionnaire Infernal depicts them like this http://www.auricmedia.net.... Other conceptions of demons (specifically Lucifer) are like these http://www.debate.org.... Then of course you have more modern depictions such as this https://i.ytimg.com.... Or some depict them as spooky ghosts http://images-cdn.moviepilot.com.... Then of course Japan has to chime in http://images4.fanpop.com....

Anyways, what do you people generally think demons look like, regardless of whether you think they exist or not?

Very orange with terrible hair/wig.
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3/24/2016 10:09:36 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/23/2016 11:57:38 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
Now normally I stay away from this conflict-fueled forum, but out of pure curiosity, what do you think "demons" look like, or are presumed to look like? Whether you're theistic or not, certainly you have some conception of a "demon"? For example, the Dictionnaire Infernal depicts them like this http://www.auricmedia.net.... Other conceptions of demons (specifically Lucifer) are like these http://www.debate.org.... Then of course you have more modern depictions such as this https://i.ytimg.com.... Or some depict them as spooky ghosts http://images-cdn.moviepilot.com.... Then of course Japan has to chime in http://images4.fanpop.com....

Anyways, what do you people generally think demons look like, regardless of whether you think they exist or not?

Humans can be demonic, Therefore humans can also be demons. It's depends on the spirit of an entity, If a person is doing God's will then he is godly, if he is going against the will of God, then he can be considered demonic,

A picture of Ruv would suffice.
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3/24/2016 4:26:19 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/24/2016 10:09:36 AM, johnlubba wrote:
At 3/23/2016 11:57:38 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
Anyways, what do you people generally think demons look like, regardless of whether you think they exist or not?
A picture of Ruv would suffice.
Yay! Atheists talk about getting demonised all the time, but now it actually happened to me!

Thank you John. That's actually the funnest thing I've ever seen you write. :)

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3/24/2016 4:31:54 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/24/2016 4:26:19 PM, RuvDraba wrote:
Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn! Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!

Fixed. I wish to apologise to the Deep Ones of New England, sunken R'lyeh and the affluent Sydney suburb of Vaucluse for my sloppy typo. :p
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3/24/2016 7:47:19 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/24/2016 9:21:36 AM, tarantula wrote:
What do fairies, goblins, elves and the like look like? They are as credible as demons.

Oh yes, I forgot Arthurian faeries.
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3/24/2016 7:49:12 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/23/2016 11:57:38 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
Now normally I stay away from this conflict-fueled forum, but out of pure curiosity, what do you think "demons" look like, or are presumed to look like? Whether you're theistic or not, certainly you have some conception of a "demon"? For example, the Dictionnaire Infernal depicts them like this http://www.auricmedia.net.... Other conceptions of demons (specifically Lucifer) are like these http://www.debate.org.... Then of course you have more modern depictions such as this https://i.ytimg.com.... Or some depict them as spooky ghosts http://images-cdn.moviepilot.com.... Then of course Japan has to chime in http://images4.fanpop.com....

Anyways, what do you people generally think demons look like, regardless of whether you think they exist or not?

Since they have no physical form they cannot be said to look like anything we can possibly imagine.

However they do exist purely because they are in fact disobedient Angels.
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3/24/2016 8:39:28 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/24/2016 9:21:36 AM, tarantula wrote:
What do fairies, goblins, elves and the like look like? They are as credible as demons.

now i think u r high :D:D https://www.youtube.com...
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3/24/2016 9:05:48 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
My idea of demons varies wildly depending on what movies/shows I recently watched, what books I recently read, pictures I looked at on DeviantArt, personal nightmares, Wikipedia browsing, etc.

I mean, at their core I think of demons as malevolent beings. And an evil being can look like anything the human imagination wants it to. The human imagination is what created them, after all.

The Dictionairre Infernal demons just seem to be cobbled together from different animal parts. Not what I'd really call malevolent looking. I mean, one of them is just two frogs dancing. That's adorable.

Lamia is actually a bit unsettling to look at, though. I'll give it that. What is she doing to that... person? Remains of a person? I don't know. The description of her says... let me see: "Lamia, queen of Libya, who splits open the bellies of pregnant women to devour the fruit of their wombs." Ewww.
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3/24/2016 9:08:08 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/23/2016 11:57:38 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
Now normally I stay away from this conflict-fueled forum, but out of pure curiosity, what do you think "demons" look like, or are presumed to look like? Whether you're theistic or not, certainly you have some conception of a "demon"? For example, the Dictionnaire Infernal depicts them like this http://www.auricmedia.net.... Other conceptions of demons (specifically Lucifer) are like these http://www.debate.org.... Then of course you have more modern depictions such as this https://i.ytimg.com.... Or some depict them as spooky ghosts http://images-cdn.moviepilot.com.... Then of course Japan has to chime in http://images4.fanpop.com....

Anyways, what do you people generally think demons look like, regardless of whether you think they exist or not? : :

Visible demons come in all sorts of shapes and hideous looking objects but since they're only illusions that come from the Voice of God, you don't have to fear them. Their voices are even worse than the images.
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3/25/2016 7:31:35 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/24/2016 4:26:19 PM, RuvDraba wrote:
At 3/24/2016 10:09:36 AM, johnlubba wrote:
At 3/23/2016 11:57:38 PM, PetersSmith wrote:
Anyways, what do you people generally think demons look like, regardless of whether you think they exist or not?
A picture of Ruv would suffice.
Yay! Atheists talk about getting demonised all the time, but now it actually happened to me!

Thank you John. That's actually the funnest thing I've ever seen you write. :)

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Fair Play Ruv,