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A history of the devil

Author: Gérald Messadié
Publisher: New York : Kodansha International, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Translated from the French by Marc Romano. Originallly published in France in slightly different form in 1993 as Histoire Generale du Diable.
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Messadié, Gérald.
History of the devil.
New York : Kodansha International, 1996
(OCoLC)988738605
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gérald Messadié
ISBN: 1568360819 9781568360812 0752205137 9780752205137
OCLC Number: 32666339
Description: vi, 377 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The ambiguous demons of Oceania --
India : spared from evil --
China and Japan : exorcism through writing --
Zoraster, the first Ayatollahs, and the true birth of the Devil --
Mesopotamia : the appearance of sin --
The Celts : thirty-five centuries without the Devil --
Greece : the Devil driven out by democracy --
Rome : the Devil banned --
Egypt : unthinkable damnation --
Africa : the cradle of religious ecology --
The North American Indians : land and fatherland --
The enigma of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, and the God-Who-Weeps --
Israel : demons as the heavenly servants of the modern Devil --
The Devil in the early church : the confusion of cause and effect --
The great night of the West : from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution --
Islam : the Devil as state functionary --
Modern times and the God of laziness, hatred, and nihilism.
Other Titles: Histoire générale du diable.
Responsibility: Gerald Messadié ; translated from the French by Marc Romano.

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An exploration of the personification of evil, through the ages and across cultures. The author's historical references and broad cultural analysis aim to show that it is a belief in the Devil that  Read more...

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Meandering and highly opinionated, questionable scholarship

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  As the title would suggest, this book explores the history of the belief that there is a single supernatural agent that is the source of all evil in the world. Messadie studies a wide variety of cultures, starting with those from Australia and Oceana and avoiding the sources of the Judaeo-Christian-Muslim...
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