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The Most Nightmarish Demons To Be Possessed By

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Demonic possession is a topic that has been addressed by various religions and cultures across the world. As it turns out, there are an alarming number of demons contributing to all that’s wrong in the world. Some of these creatures rule in hell, others hang out here on Earth to stir up trouble for their own amusement, and then there are those particularly vile creatures that take control of humans and turn their world upside-down.

In most cases, when one hears the word "possession," Satan springs to mind, but there are quite a few more demons out there who (if one believes the lore) are far more likely to run around possessing people than Lucifer is.

No matter who the demon is or what they look like, the act of demonic possession takes some time. Allegedly, the demon spends months haunting and oppressing their target, wearing them down physically, mentally, and spiritually so they can break their target's will to fight back, letting them slip right in. Then, the havoc begins. This list contains some of the worst demons to be possessed by, and some insight into how demons can wreck your life.

  • Lamashtu Takes And Eats Newborn Babies

    Sumerian and Mesopotamian mythology tells of the demon Lamashtu. She is known for unleashing a wide variety of hellish torments. She harasses women all throughout their pregnancies and takes babies so she can chew their bones and drink their blood. She also is known for wiping out crops, contaminating water, and she enjoys wreaking as much havoc as possible. Anyone suffering from oppression or possession by this entity will experience terrifying nightmares and various sleep disturbances and may come down with a grave illness. 

    This demon is so terrifying that it was said pregnant woman would go so far as to summon the fearsome demon Pazuzu in hopes of protection. He wouldn’t protect them from Lamashtu out of the kindness of his black heart. Those two hate each other so much that they’d be far too busy bloodying each other up to focus on mere mortals.  

    Lamashtu is most often depicted as having a hairy body, the head of a lioness, donkey teeth and ears, and bird feet, complete with talons. Often, she is shown nursing pigs or dogs and kneeling on a donkey. 

  • Pazuzu Brings Disease, Famine, And Drought

    In ancient Babylonian and Assyrian mythology, the beast Pazuzu (sometimes called Fazuzu) was king of the wind demons and the bringer of storms, droughts, and famine. He was also known to send various diseases and pestilence into homes. He's best known in popular culture as one of the demons that torment Linda Blair's character in the movie The Exorcist

    Some refer to Pazuzu as a demon-god. His image was once worn around the necks of pregnant women as a ward against his rival, Lamashtu, the childbirth demon - and if that failed, he’d be physically summoned by pregnant women hoping to banish Lamashtu back to hell. 

  • Andras Drives His Targets To Slay

    Photo: Louis Le Breton / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Andras is said to be an incredibly vicious demon and commander of 30 legions. Sometimes, he takes the body of an angel with the head of an owl and rides on the back of a black wolf. Once inside the mind of a human, he escalates problems, whispering thoughts of aggression and various ways of ending people.

    His mission is to create discord and to destroy those who cross him - hence his nickname, "Author of Discords."

  • Vapula Makes You Paranoid, Turning You Against Your Loved Ones

    Photo: Unknown / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Vapula is mentioned in Christianity as a duke of hell and a high commander of numerous legions of demons. He is crafty and well-versed in philosophy, so if it’s true that demons share their knowledge with human hosts, those possessed by Vapula may suddenly find themselves much more clever and crafty, but also distrustful and suspicious. 

    His favorite pastime is deception, so he aims to make his vessel paranoid about the motives of others, isolating them for his own devices.