Sabanack A mighty marquis,
appears in the form of an armed soldier, having a lion's head, and
riding on a pale-coloured horse. He builds towers, camps and
cities, fortifies the same, torments men with putrid sores swarming
with worms; he gives good familiars.
Sabazios (Phrygian) the snake. Serpent worship.
Saleos A great duke, who appears like a brave soldier,
riding on a crocodile crowned. He promotes love between the
Sammael (Unk) it is thought this angel of death was the
demon who tempted Eve. Also the prince of air. This is merely
another name for satan.
For the Jews, Sammael is the prince of demons. In Rabbinical legend
he is a storm demon, and his name is linked with Samiel or Simoon,
which is the name of a desert wind.
According to tradition, Sammael was said to have been the highest
throne-angel. He was said to have twelve wings, which was twice the
number of wings of the Seraphim and other living creatures.
According to the Debarim Rabbi (xi), Sammael is the wicked angel
who is the chief of all the Satans.
It was Sammael (also associated with Satan) who, under the guise
of the serpent, tempted Eve in paradise. According to chapters 13
and 14 of the Pirke de Rabbi Eliezer, Satan’s fall was mainly
out of jealousy and envy on the part of the angels. The angels were
in opposition to the creation of man, and were jealous that man was
allowed to give names to all creatures. They saw this act as
proving that man was superior to themselves.
Sammael, who was the first of all the angel princes, led a group
of angels to earth in an attempt to conspire against Adam, so that
by his fall, they might again gain supremacy over man.
In the Bereshith Rabba (xix), the serpent was described as
possessing hands and feet and it resembled a camel. It also could
Sammael took possession of the serpent and thus deceived Eve.
Because of this act, the angels were cast out of heaven and the
feet of the serpent were cut off.
3 Baruch makes reference to this event. The Greek version uses the
name 'Samael' while the Slavic text replaces the name with
"And I said, 'I pray
you, show me which is the tree which caused Adam to stray.'
Sammael plays the role of the accuser, seducer, and
destroyer (and is identified with Satan in some traditions).
And the angel said, 'It is the vine which the angel Samael planted
by which the Lord God became angered, and he cursed him and his
planting. For this reason he did not permit Adam to touch it. And
because of this the devil became envious, and tricked him by means
of his vine.'" - 3 Baruch 4:8 (Greek)
"And during the transgression of the first Adam, she gave light to
Samael when he took the serpent as a garment, and did not hide, but
on the contrary, waxed." - 3 Baruch 9:7 (Greek)
Another example of the deeds of Sammael is his role in the trial
of Abraham. Sammael stood before God to accuse Abraham of selfish
piety. God decided to test Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his
son, Isaac. Sammael then tried to persuade Abraham not to sacrifice
Isaac, and also to persuade Isaac to rebel against this trial. When
he saw that Abraham would not disobey God, he revenged himself by
telling Sarah that Isaac had been slain. She then died of her grief
Sammael is also a symbol of the 'venom of God.' This title refers
to his role as executioner of the death sentences ordered by God,
and links him to the Angel of Death.
In T.B. Abuda Zarah, Sammael is represented as standing by a dying
man with a drawn sword in his hand. The point of the sword has a
drop of gall on it. When the dying man sees him, he is startled and
opens his mouth. The drop of gall then falls into his mouth and the
man dies. In this personification, Sammael is said to have brought
about Moses' death. According to the T.B. Baba Metzia (86a), the
Angel of Death did not fall but remains one of God's angels.
Sammael also, as an uncircumcised mate of Lilith, fathered a huge
family of demons.
According to a fifteenth century story, a Spanish Kabbalist of
that era tried to gain power over Sammael by summoning him in the
name of God. When Sammael appeared in the form of a serpent, the
conjurer bound the demon by placing on his head a crown inscribed
with magic letters which spelled out: 'Thy Master's Name is upon
Thee.' But Sammael was not to be duped that easily. He cunningly
convinced the magician to burn incense to seal his victory. When
the conjurer obeyed, the demon was instantly freed from the spell,
as the burning of incense was an act of idolatry.
In the Kabbalistic tradition, Sammael is the chief of the ten evil
Sephiroth. He is said to fly through the air like a bird. The dark
blemishes on the moon's surface are supposed to be this archdemon's
Samnu (Asian) devil.
Sargatanas A brigadier general of the infernal legions.
Sarkany A Hungarian demon, son of the witch Boszorkany. It
is sadi she could turn a person into a horse.
Satan Shaitan (Satan/Hebrew Shaitan/Arabic) The Adversary.
Lord of fire. Fire Elemental.
Satanachia (Hebrew/Greek)A general of the infernal
Scox A Duke of Hell. He is depicted as a liar and a
Sedit (American Indian) devil.
Seere A mighty prince under Amaymon, King of the East,
appearing in the form of a beautiful man on a strong winged horse.
He brings all things to pass suddenly, transports to any place in
the twinkling of an eye, and discovers all thefts. He is
indifferently good or bad, and will do the will of the
Seiktha Burmese demons. They dwell in trees and groves.
Their nature is usually malign, but occasionally we find them the
tutelar or guardian of a village.
In any case, they possess shrines where they may be propitiated by
gifts of food and drink.
Several of the demoniac figures have almost achieved godhead, so
widespread did their cults become, and Hmin Nat, Chiton, and
Winnein Nat, may be instanced as fiends of power, the dread of
which spread across extensive district.
Sekhmet (Egyptian) goddess of vengence.
Semiazas (Unk) said to be the chief of all fallen
Separ A great duke, who appears in red apparel and armed
like a soldier. He enflames women with love for men and can
transform them into other shapes till they have been enjoyed by
Set (Egyptian) devil.
Shabriri (Jewish Myth) a demon who strikes people
Shax A great marquis, comes in the form of a stockdove,
speaking with a hoarse voice. He destroys the sight, hearing and
understanding of any man or woman at the will of the exorcist,
steals money from the king's exchequer and returns it in 1200
years. He will transport anything, but first must be commanded into
the triangle; otherwise he will decieve the operator. He discovers
all hidden things which are not in the keeping of wicked spirits,
and gives good familiars.
Shiq A type of demon appearing to travellers as half a
Shiva (Hindu) the destroyer.
Shony A death bringing demon reigned in the waters of the
North Sea, and he was known to the ancient Scottish fishermen as
Although this creature was not commonly seen, he appeared as a man
of large stature, a thick shag of hair covering his head, and a
ridge of fins adorning his spine.
He was greatly dreaded by all those who had any dealings with the
sea, be it fishermen or sailors on trade vessels.
When seamen fell overboard, no one tried to save them for it was
believed that Shony 'maun hae its nummer,' that is Shony must have
his annual quota of souls.
He kept them imprisoned in his castle made of jagged coral on the
ocean floor. If by chance a drowning man was given help, Shony
would take the rescuer's life and leave the drowning person to die
on his own.
Yearly sacrifices were made to him. These consisted of selecting a
person from the crew, slitting his throat and throwing the body
Viking shipbuilders reddened the keels of their boats by binding a
victim on the logs upon which the boat was rolled to the water.
They hoped that Shony would be appeased by the sight.
In later times, Shony was given the new name of Shellycoat, and he
was sighted mainly off the east coast of Scotland.
He seemed by this time to have taken on a less crude nature and
became more of a prankster, mimicking the shrieks of a drowning
man. When anybody swam out to save him, he burst into gales of
laughter and dove underwater.
Sir Walter Scott wrote that when Shellycoat appeared on the
Shui-Mu Shui-mu Niang-niang was a Chinese
water demon whose evil doings caused yearly floods, claiming
numerous lives and bringing famine and desolation to the town of
Ssu Chou and its surroundings. Her power was so great that her
cunning tricks triumphed over the troops Yo Huang, the Lord of the
Skies, had sent out against her.
|'he seemed to be
decked with marine productions and, in particular, with shells
whose clattering announced his approach. From this circumstance he
derived his name.'
The demoness, enraged by the repeated attempts to capture her,
kicked and turned over one of the magic buckets containing the
sources of the great lakes. The freed water engulfed the
unfortunate town of Ssu Chou, burying it for ever under a great
mass of water called the lake of Hung-tse.
Now Yo Huang’s patience was exhausted, and he methodically
organized her capture. Great heroes and large armies pursued her
One day, having narrowly escaped after a furious race, Shui-mu
stopped utterly exhausted and famished. She caught sight of an old
hag selling bowls of freshly cooked noodles. Avidly she began to
devour the food, unaware that she had fallen into a trap. The old
woman was Kuan-yin Pusa, a good woman with great magical
In Shui-mu’s stopach the noodles turned into iron chains,
winding around her entrails. The chain's end, protruding from her
mouth, welded itself to the noodles-turned-chains remaining in the
dish. Bound and powerless, the demon was led away to be fastened
securely at the bottop of a deep well, where she was to remain a
prisoner for all times. The people of that province say that the
end of the chain can be seen whenever the water level in the well
drops particularly low.
Siho I Salo A demon from the Solomon Islands.
Silcharde One of the demons who may be summoned by
Sonnilion, Sonnillon - (Armenian) goddess of hate.
Stolas Grand Prince of Hell. He appears in the shape of an
owl. When he assumes the shape of a man and appears before
exorcists, he teaches astronomy, prophecy based on the study of
plants, and the value of precious stones. He commands twenty-six
Succorbenoth (Unk) demon of jealousy and said to protect
gates and bridgeways.
Succubus Female demon of seduction. Said to seduce males
while sleeping. Note various spellings. Plural - Succubi. In
medieval European folklore, a female demon (or evil spirit) who
visits men in their sleep to lie with them in ghostly sexual
intercourse. The man who falls victim to a succubus will not
awaken, although may experience it in a dream. The male counterpart
is the incubus.
Surgat A demon who may be summoned and who will give a
magic stone upon command.
Supay (Inca) god of underworld.
Sytry A great prince, who appears with a leopard's head,
but assumes a human form at the Magician's command. He procures
love between the two sexes, and causes women to show themselves
Szepasszony In Hungarian folklore, the Szepasszony is a
taboo word. It is the name of the Fair Lady, a beautiful woman with
long hair and a white dress. She is a female demon who seduces
young men and comes out to dance in storms and hail showers.
Noon is the hour when she is the most powerful. Several expressions
are associated with her. To "step into the platter of the Fair
Lady" means to fall under a spell or one can describe a sick child
as being "suckled by the Fair Lady."
Water dripping from the eaves forming a puddle constitutes a
platter by which the Fair Lady can cast a spell on someone. It is
considered dangerous to step into a circle of short grass
surrounded by taller grass or no grass at all, since it may be the
circle where the Fair Lady dances.
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