Ancient Persian demon of lust and rage who also appeared
in ancient Jewish folklore, where he was believed to cause strife
between husband and wife. He is mentioned in the book of
Tobit ca. 250 B.C.E., where he attempts to cause trouble between
The Ashtabula Poltergeist Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed.
Tobias and his wife, Sarah. Jewish legends claim that Asmodeus
was the result of a union between the woman Naamah and a
fallen angel. Asmodeus was often represented in magical texts
as having three heads—a man, a bull, and a ram, riding a dragon,
and carrying a spear. Directions for evoking this demon are
contained in the well-known magical textbook The Magus; or,
Celestial Intelligencer by Francis Barrett (1801).
Barrett, Francis. The Magus. London, 1801. Reprint, New
Hyde Park, N.Y. University Books, 1967.

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