25 Most TERRIFYING Demons In Folklore

October 1, 2019 0 By William Hollis


A common part of folklore is the idea of terrifying
demons, lurking in the shadows. Since antiquity, different people and cultures
from around the world have told stories of dark forces at work, corrupting and plaguing
people’s minds, causing them to do horrific things. You might be surprised by the types of spirits
and demons out there. From female demons to devil dogs, there’s
a huge list of demons and what they do. Of course, this folklore would have a variety
of purposes. Sometimes they were told to children to scare
them, and other times people simply believed the demons were real and worshiped them, often
sacrificing their children to them as an offering. Whatever the case, the moral of the story
was clear – demons were powerful forces that should not be trifled with. I’m Mike with List25 and Here are 25 Most
Terrifying Demons In Folklore. 25. Yuki-onna
Yuki-onna is a type of spirit known in Japan as “yokai.” These spirits are the closest thing to demons
in Japanese folklore, and Yuki-onna doesn’t mess around. She’s also called “The Snow Woman” with an
icy and pale appearance. She appears in snow storms, elegantly drifting
from place to place. While she might seem beautiful, you wouldn’t
want to get near her. She feeds on human souls, sucking them out
of their mouths until they become hard as ice. 24. Asag
This demon comes from Sumerian legend. He kills humans with fever and head diseases
and is so horrid looking that he has the power to make fish boil alive in their own waters. His companions are his rock children that
were born from his union with mortal women. 23. Flauros
Flauros is a terrifying female demon who knows past, present, and future and burns her victims
alive. When she appears to her enemies, she floats
in the air without wings and can change her blonde hair to a blood red. 22. Furfur
Also known as Furcifer, which means “Scoundrel” in Latin, this demon is said to be the Count
of Hell, leading 26 legions. He speaks in a hoarse voice, has a fiery tail,
and usually appears as a stag. He is said to be able to make men and women
fall in love and also has command over great storms. 21. The Dullahan
In Irish folklore, the Dullahan is a fierce and terrifying demon that rides on horseback
after sunset during certain festivals. A headless horseman, the Dullahan rides in
black and holds his head up high with his hand to see far distances. If you have the misfortune of watching him
ride by and you keep looking, a bucket of blood will be splashed on you, or you’ll be
struck in the eye. 20. Asmodeus
In Persian folklore, this demon was considered “The Demon of Wrath” and was also frequently
called Aeshma-deva. He appeared in the apocryphal Book of Tobit
that appears in some versions of the Bible. The character Sarah was tormented by this
demon. Each time she tried to marry, he would kill
her husband before they could have intercourse. 19. Leyak
This horrifying demon is from Balinese myth and can appear as a normal human during the
day, but at night, it changes its appearance into a ghastly severed head with menacing
fangs and eyes. It hovers around with its entrails still hanging
beneath it. Usually, it haunts graveyards, feeds on corpses,
and also hunts pregnant women and children to suck their blood. 18. Abaddon aka Apollyon
While the term Abaddon typically describes a place, this name is given as the name of
a demon…and not just any demon; he rules over the bottomless pit and can command an
army of locusts to torment people. 17. Mephistopheles
Within German folklore, you will find the demon Mephistopheles. He’s credited to be Lucifer’s right hand man
and apparently sold his soul for infinite knowledge and magic. Now as the Devil’s main man, he harvests damned
souls and bargains with those who also wish to sell their souls. 16. Nian
In Chinese folklore, the beginning of the New Year ushered in the arrival of Nian, a
demon with the body of a bull and the head of a lion. Because there was nothing to eat, Nian would
visit human villages and eat livestock and people living there. Eventually, however, Nian was defeated by
a Taoist monk and became his mount. 15. Lilith
As a demon from the ancient Sumerians, Lilith is truly one of the oldest known demons around. While some think she first appeared in the
Epic of Gilgamesh, she also was in Jewish texts around the same time. She’s said to be a dark spirit with a dangerous
sexuality that spawned thousands of other demons. In Rabbinic myth, Lilith was the first wife
of Adam but the marriage didn’t work so God created Eve, instead. 14. Krampus
Popular in Germanic folklore, this demon is essentially the polar opposite of Santa Klaus. With long horns on his head, sharp teeth,
and a nasty long tongue, he comes for all the bad children around Christmastime on December
5th. This dreaded day is called krampusnacht. Wearing bells and chains, he sometimes captures
kids and takes them away from their parents forever. 13. Kelpie
Coming from Scottish legend, the Kelpie are demons that appear as humans but can also
take the form of a horse. Every lake in Scotland has a kelpie spirit,
even Loch Ness. While some kelpie can be beautiful and majestic
creatures, others are known to prey on humans. 12. Ronwe
Ronwe, also called Ronove, is considered the Great Earl of Hell and commands twenty legions
of demons. He takes old people, old animals, and the
decrepit near death. 11. Buer
With a lion’s head and five goat legs around it like spokes on a wheel, Buer is the great
president of hell and rules 50 legions. He was first mentioned in Johann Weyer’s “Pseudomonarchia
Daemonum” and is a mentor in moral philosophy and herbalism. 10. Kiyohime
In Japanese folklore, this demon is one of the most famous examples of a honnari hannya
– a demon woman who attained a high level of power. In the tales about her, she transforms into
a giant, fire-breathing serpent. 9. Cerberus
Originally coming from Greek mythology, eventually Cerberus became known as a demon in Third
Circle of Hell that tormented the souls of gluttons. A large three-headed dog, it has massive talons
that can tear its victims to shreds. 8. Belphegor
A lieutenant from Hell, this demon is said to have been sent by Satan to deceive and
seduce humanity. He’ll frequently take the form of a beautiful
woman to lure his victims, but will also appear as an ugly monster with huge, sharp teeth,
long horns, and leathery flesh. 7. Euronymus
Euronymus originally came from Greek mythology but was demonized under Christianity. He’s said to devour blue-black skinned corpses. As such, he has been named the demon of cannibalism
and the prince of death. 6. Malphas
This demon is a grand-president of hell, governing 40 legions. He appears as a large raven or in human form
and will receive sacrifices but ultimately will also deceive the sacrificers. 5. Behemoth
Thought to originate from Egyptian folklore, this demon is a spirit of the desert and might
be inspired from a water buffalo. He rules over gluttony and is the butler and
high cupbearer of hell. Usually, he’ll appear as a fat elephant or
whale. 4. Adramelech
Appearing in Hebrew and Babylonian texts, Adramelech is an idol god of the sun. His name literally means, “King of Fire.” He appears with the head of a mule, the body
of a man, and large peacock feathers. His worshippers would often sacrifice their
own children to him. 3. Beelzebub
Coming from the Canaanite demon “Baal,” Beelzebub is mentioned in the Synoptic Gospels as the
prince of demons. He’s also been called The Lord of Flies because,
in many appearances, he was said to look like a fly. Many demonologists call him the Supreme Chief
of Hell, and others have stated that he is just behind Satan in power and crime. 2. Leonard
Some believe this demon was mentioned in Leviticus 16:8 about Azazel and is called the “Grand
Master of the nocturnal orgies of the demons.” With three horns, a black goat face, and wings,
this demon is called “The Black Man” and is a demon of the first order and can take on
many forms, including an evil tree, a bloodhound, and a black bird. 1. Lucifer
Meaning “light-bearer,” this demon is the most well known and the most terrifying. In Biblical tradition, Lucifer was one of
the Seraphim that rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven. His name, of course, carries a weight of irony
since he shuns the light. In some cultures, Lucifer is not equal or
one in the same to Satan. Instead, he rules over Satan. Ancient Egypt and Babylonia had similar demons
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