(07-23-2018, 09:02 PM)Kreeper Wrote: Keep in mind that the beings that are known as demons today have only been called that since Christianity began. Before that they were the gods of other people and were demonized by the church to keep people from worshiping them. Places that were able to resist the church, such as the Hindu of India, still have people worshiping their old gods. If the church had been able to conquer them then all of their gods would now be demons also.
That is not to downplay the experiences of other. Not at all.
Coincidentally, JR and I happen to have a running PM where we are discussing this subject as it is related to sleep paralysis. These beings often appear during these episodes but appear as different beings (old hag, demons, etc) depending on where it takes place. I was wondering if perhaps these are beings from another dimension who appear as something feared by the individual.
Whatever they are they predate written history. Before that we only have cave paintings and they depict alien looking beings but no demonic looking beings.
There's plenty of El Diablo goodness in petroglyphs.