Evil in Our Midst

A Chilling Glimpse of Our Most Feared and Frightening Demons

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Evil in Our Midst
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09/01/2001
Square One Publishers

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248 pg



RELIGION / Cults

9780757000096
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Evil in Our Midst

By  David E. Jones

Description

Evil in Our Midst provides a chilling glimpse of fifty dark angels, each of which represents a culture’s greatest fears. Every chapter opens with a story that shares the legend of a demon, and then offers fascinating information on the culture that, in many cases, perpetuates this belief. For those who believe in these creatures, this book gives reason to fear the unknown. For those who do not believe in demons, it provides terrifying reading for a stormy night.

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Author Biography

David E. Jones received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, and his master’s and doctorate in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma. As a field anthropologist, Dr. Jones has spent decades studying the folklore of native people throughout the world.

Table of contents

Contents

Acknowledgments  

Pronunciation of Demon Names 

Introduction  

            . Demons of North America   

Kalona  

Cherokee of North Carolina Tennessee and Oklahoma

Tsi Sgili  

Cherokee of North Carolina Tennessee and Oklahoma

Budu   

Comanche of Oklahoma

Ga-git  

Haida of the Queen Charlotte Islands

La Malogra  

Hispanic New Mexico

Kikituk  

Inuit of Alaska

Wi-lu-gho-yuk  

Inuit of Alaska

La Llorona  

Mexico

Mai Tso  

Navaho of New Mexico and Arizona

Windigo  

Ojibwa of Canada

Unkcegila  

Oglala of South Dakota

Win  

Quiche of Mexico

Nia’gwai’he’gowa  

Seneca of New York

Water Babies  

Washo of Lake Tahoe

                        . Demons of South America

Kharisiri  

Andean Highlands

Kupe-dyeb  

Apinaye of Brazil

Wamu  

Baniwa of Brazil

Maereboe  

Bororo of Brazil

Yacuruna  

Iquitos of the Peruvian Amazon

Kwifi Oto  

Kalapalo of Central Brazil

Winti  

Suriname

Kenaimas  

Macusi of British Guiana

Karaisaba  

Warao of Venezuela and British Guiana

Hekura  

Yanomamo of Venezuela and Brazil

Chochoi  

Yuqui of Central Bolivia

            . Demons of the West Indies  

Ghede  

Haiti

Ligahoo  

Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

La Diablesse  

Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Mama Dlo  

Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Soucouyant  

Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

            . Demons of Africa     

Kalengu  

Kapsiki of Northern Cameroon

Yamo  

Lango of Uganda

Adro  

Lugbara of Africa

Genie  

Mende of Sierra Leone

            . Demons of Asia        

Oyasi  

Ainu of Sakhalin

Huli Jing  

China

Tamboree  

Dusun of Borneo

Oni  

Japan

Pisatji  

Javanese of Modjokuto

Rai Na’in  

Tetum of Eastern Timor

                        . Demons of the Pacific

Nokondisi  

Gururumba of New Guinea

Tege  

Kapauku of New Guinea

Bolrizohol  

Kunimaipa of New Guinea

Kopuwai  

Maori of New Zealand

Patupaiarehe  

Maori of New Zealand

Ruruhi-kerepo  

Maori of New Zealand

Tavogivogi  

New Hebrides Islands

Mulukwausi  

Trobriand Islands of Melanesia

Rawa Tukump  

Tsembaga of New Guinea

Ialus  

Ulithi of Micronesia

Conclusion  

Bibliography  

Index  

Introduction or preface

Introduction

Recently, while waiting at the airport for a flight to California where I was scheduled to speak at an anthropology symposium, I came across the article “If You Liked the Movie . . .” by David Van Biema in Time magazine. Undoubtedly inspired by the re-release of the 1973 classic movie The Exorcist, the topic of the article was exorcism—an ancient religious practice of expelling evil spirits from a human host, which, not all that surprisingly, is still regularly performed today. In his article, Van Biema notes that in the early 1990s, New York’s Cardinal John O’Conner appointed four exorcists to the archdiocese. Each year, this group of “demon fighters” investigates an average of 350 cases of possession and performs ten to fifteen exorcisms. Is this proof that demons are alive and well in the third millennium, some of them even walking the streets of New York City? As recently as l999, the Vatican reviewed the Catholic Rite of Exorcism and made some mod­ifications, one of which eliminated the physical description of Satan. This was an apt decision, since, as you will read, evil shrouds itself in many disguises—not just in the form of a horned, red-skinned monster with cloven hooves and pointed tail, wielding a pitchfork.

            In many cultures, people know and vividly experience demons—collective images of ultimate evil. They know how evil incarnate looks and exactly what to expect from an encounter with one of these demons. Their most terrifying imaginings have been named and endowed with predictable, though horrifying, characteristics. These people often live in fear, expecting the worst on a moonlit night or a cold, rainy afternoon. . . .

            What is the most terrifying being you can imagine? Perhaps you’ll come across it in the pages to follow. But make no mistake. This is not a book of fairy tales. Nor is this book about bogeymen—the imaginary creatures that have terrorized children throughout the ages. This book explores the evil inour midst as it can be found in a myriad of cultures—past and present. The accounts you’ll find here present images of ultimate evil that are often very real to the adults and elders of a particular society.

            Demons seem to evolve along with the communities in which they are found and rarely cross cultural boundaries. A poor, white Alabama farmer would probably never encounter Ghede of Haiti while plowing his field, nor would a Mongol sheepherder be tempted by the powers of Nia’ gwai’he’gowa—the Bear Monster of the Seneca. Demons seem to fit the perceived realities of those who nurture them, and they shift as external forces change the social reality in which they exist.

            When considering that demons are found in every culture and in every age, many interesting questions arise: Why do people create these monsters, breathe perpetual life into them, and transmit them to the next generation? Why do people seem to need the threat of demons in their lives? Why don’t demons go out of style? Perhaps after you’ve read the ­series of vignettes in this book, along with the related cultural background, you can draw your own conclusions, or maybe you already have some of your own ideas. As you read, consider these possibilities: demons are triumphs of the religious imagination; demons are reflections of the nature of mental illness in a particular society; demons represent the collected spiritual insight into the negative traits and tendencies that lead to social or psychological chaos; demons are a rationale for deviant or criminal behavior; demons are a reflection of some alternate reality; or demons are ­totally, indisputably real and are waiting just around the corner for their next victim. . . .

            You’ll notice that this book does not focus on the demonic beliefs among adherents of Judaism, Christianity, or Islam, since such lore is rampant in Western books, television, and movies. Rather, described in these pages are the more esoteric religious ideas of subarctic Inuits, Melanesians, tribes of the Amazonian Rainforest, and more. Each vignette details the usually gruesome, unfortunate outcome of an encounter with a particular demon. Informational background follows each story to give you some knowledge of the culture that, in many cases, perpetuates the belief in its demons. What you are about to read is neither ancient mythology nor mere folklore. It is a portal into the contemporary reality of living in a world of demons.