The  In the medieval era and the average citizen was on the look out for signs of demonic possession or demonic signs. If a farmers crops failed he might accuse his neighbor of sending demons into his fields at night. If a woman gave birth to a stillborn baby she might be accused of consorting with demons. Even dogs and cats might be accused of demonic possession.  the penalty for consorting with demons was generally death by fire.  According to the Bible, 1 Peter 5:8 - "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."

Images of demons produced during the Gothic era were influenced by the devastating plague that swept across Europe during the mid 1300s.

Many believed demons where hiding in every nook and cranny ready and willing to wisk them away into the night sky. Demons were often depicted in art, literature  and even songs. According to the Bible, Luke 11:14 "And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spoke; and the people wondered.”

"Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscribed
In one self place, for where we are is hell,
And where hell is must we ever be.”
― Christopher Marlowe




Historical Names of Satan

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