The Testament of Solomon

Last time, Solomon had encountered thirty-six demons most likely identical with the decans.  Next, we’re going to go through them, one at a time!

I’m kidding, of course – I’ll just hit the high points.  For example, what better demon for the early spring than Oropel?

The fourth said, “I am called Oropel. I attack throats, (resulting in) sore throats and mucus. Should I hear, ‘Raphael, imprison Oropel,’ I retreat immediately.”

This one comes with the usual Papers money-back guarantee!

This is pretty typical of the decan descriptions, with most being connected with a particular illness and being driven off by a simple verbal address to the associated angel.   Still, a few had more complicated uses and instructions, like the eleventh:

“I am called Katanikotael. I unleash fights and feuds in homes. If anyone wishes to make peace, let him write on seven laurel leaves the names of those who thwart me: ‘Angel, Eae, Ieo, Sabaoth, imprison Katanikotael,’ and when he has soaked the laurel leaves (in water), let him sprinkle his house with the water and I retreat immediately.

A few surprises also lurk within, like the decan Katriax’s formula:

“If anyone wants to regain health, let him pulverize coriander and rub it on his lips, saying, ‘I adjure you by Zeus, retreat from the image of God…”

This is one of the few intrusions of blatantly pagan material into the Testament, so it bears special note. Of course, it’d be nice if Solomon would pick up on this by now.

The decans assure Solomon that they simply cannot be bound.  Solomon, of course, ignores this, and has them carrying water in no time.

This signals the end of the Testament‘s list of demons.  Next time, we’ll get into some of the narratives that follow.

Published in: on April 4, 2008 at 9:32 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. […] Testament of Solomon: People’s (and Demon’s) Court After calling up the thirty-six demons, Solomon is content.  People from far and wide praise him, and bring him offerings of precious […]

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