No unexplained subject gets the blood flowing the way Demonic Possession does. Maybe it is our programmed fear of the devil and his minions, or just our vivid memories of the torture endured by young Regan in William Peter Blatty's classic The Exorcist, which continues to shock viewers around the world.
What many people may not realize about the classic is that the demon Father Merrin battled at the outset (and again in Exorcist: the Beginning) is actually the demonic god, Pazuzu. In both Assyrian and Babylonian mythologies, the god Pazuzu is the king of the demons of wind, one of the vilest demons to ever be mentioned. He is depicted with the body of a man but with the head of a lion or dog, talons instead of feet, with two pairs of wings, a tail of a scorpion and a gigantic serpentine penis. When pictured, he usually has his right hand pointing upward and his left hand pointing downward; positions identifying creation and destruction.
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