Before Christianity invented being identified as a devil, was there talk of demons?
Yes, already at the time of the Annunaki these entities existed, but they were not the demons or the Satan of the Bible that we all know, let’s clarify.
The character that has always represented the evil par excellence we have just said is the biblical Satan, but the term Satan (Hebrew: שָׂטָן, Satàn), means “adversary” and is a word with which a precise function is defined, that of “adversary” the one who opposes, the term derives from the Sumerian ša-tām, through the Babylonian Šatām from which šatān, šatāmu, šatāmmu indicating “controller and head of an administration”, then became the name of a deity.
So the term Satan is a term with which a precise function is defined, the very fact that it is often preceded by the article, documents beyond any doubt that it is not a proper name attributed to an individual, but indicates a status or a task as mentioned that of antagonist.
Identifying Satan as the lord of the underworld is a theological distortion that is presumable from depicting the Sumerian ruler Enki who resided in the Abzu, a territory located in south-eastern Africa.
The theological deformation derives from the word Abzu which in Sumerian means “of the low-sub-inferior”; in fact in the Abzu ruled by Enki resided the mines for the extraction of the fundamental gold for the Annunaki, Enki was responsible for the extraction and living in the lower world, subsequently for theology he became the Lord of the abyss or underworld.
How was the relationship between Annunaki and demons? In this article we understood that they were dimensional and therefore probably the inhabitants of Nibiru found themselves struggling with the same beings with which humanity has struggled for millennia.
Yes, even the Annunaki had to fight with these entities (Enki was the most powerful among the “exorcists”).
In fact, they believed that many of them took possession of people causing diseases, texts of “apotropaic” magic (ie in which remedies against the forces of evil are enumerated) have been found and this is still believed today in many cultures and around the world .
The demons therefore existed before the biblical Satan, for those who have seen the film The Exorcist, you will remember that at some point a demon named Pazuzu appears who takes possession of little Regan, transforms her into what we all know well, just this demon was considered “the king of evil wind demons” himself introduces himself by saying of himself:
“I am Pazuzu, son of Hanbi, king of the evil wind demons.”
But also: “king of the evil spirits of the storm, who comes out of the mountain violently raging”
To the Assyrians and Babylonians, Pazuzu was a highly respected demon.
His name, however, like that of his father, the god Hanpa, has an etymology that does not connect us to northern Mesopotamia, it reveals that probably the origins of this demon are not there, but in Sumer (or earlier) in Sumerian “connoisseur of spells “(?).
Pazuzu was considered the leader of the demons between the 4th and 1st millennium BC and for the Mesopotamians they were hostile “natural” forces rather than underworld creatures.
The demons were uncontrolled entities that caused chaos, the gods, it seems, were the only ones who could dominate them, when they could at that point they could turn them into their own messengers, often seen in the “underworld” of which Nergal is the god.
They belonged to a world, which was not on the dimensional plane of men, while the gods were.
This small statue you see above represents the demon we are talking about which as you can see was not very attractive, equipped with four wings, bird legs, animalistic upper limbs, scorpion tail. This is how they imagined it although they had never seen it, because as I said it manifested itself through its “possessed”.
However, it also had a benevolent aspect, it was not always seen in this way, many people wore amulets that depicted Pazuzu’s head and that were mainly worn around the neck by women during childbirth. In fact, it was feared that his wife, Lamashtu, would kill their children because it seems she could not procreate and was envious.