In this week’s episode of PillarTalk, Lewis, Flo and Joe explore the ancient world of demons, deities and demonic possession. We discuss Mesopotamian deity and star of ‘The Exorcist’ - Pazuzu, The Seven Princes of Hell and the number of the beast. This festive Halloween episode raises the question about why the media and Hollywood loves making movies about demons and exorcism and we ponder the impact demons had on the everyday lives of ancient communities.
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The Exorcist (1972) Dir. William Peter Blatty
Bronze Statuette of Pazuzu, 8th century BCE - The Louvre
A second series of the monuments of Nineveh: including bas-reliefs from the Palace of Sennacherib and bronzes from the ruins of Nimroud
The Temptation of St. Anthony by Martin Schöngauer c. 1480-90. Engraving. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
"Beelzebub and them that are with him shoot arrows" from John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress (1678)
The number of the beast is 666 by William Blake