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Asmodeus

by Micha F. Lindemans
An evil spirit. He appears in the Apocryphal book of Tobit. Although he is described in later literature as the king of demons, in Jewish folklore he is mischievous and lively, a figure of fun and often a friend to people. He is said to disturb marital happiness, and it was Asmodeus who strangled the seven husbands of Sara during her wedding-night.

Asmodeus originated from the ancient Persian demon Aesma Daeva.

Latinized form of the Hebrew Ashmedai. Also called 'the Demon of Matrimonial Unhappiness'.


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  • Also known as:
    Asmodaios

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