Do you believe in Demons?
Demons are defined as a source or agent of evil, harm, distress, or ruin. An attendant power or spirit. A supernatural being of Greek mythology, intermediate between gods and men.
Not exactly job resume material so what is our fascination with them?
Dressing up for Halloween or All Hallow Even (All Saint’s Eve) has its origins in the pre-Christian times, thought to be a Celtic custom. People believed that spirits and demons from the underworld and ghosts of dead people could become living beings on the night of All Hallow Even. These demons and spirits could not only harm them but could take them back to the underworld.
If these people had to leave the safety of their homes that night they would dress up as these beings hoping to confuse them and therefore would get to their destination safely.
Now on All Saint’s Eve we dress up as ghouls and goblins, dress our kids in their favorite super hero costume and go out gathering candy. I used to put Moose antlers on the door and take him door to door.
How did trying to save ourselves from demons become a candy grab?
We don’t love demons just at Halloween. We seem to love demons all year long. With TV shows like ‘The Walking Dead’ we watch the apococlipic survivors struggle against the undead. People make elaborate costumes, dress up and go on zombie walks. Does this happen because we believe in demons or is there another reason?
I’m not sure, but I tune in every week to watch the characters’ fight these undead demons.
Another show I love is ‘Dominion’. Do I believe in good and bad angels? Maybe.
Both of these TV show have strong female characters who face every hardship with a strength I’ll never have. Is that what appeals to us? Strong characters facing things we wouldn’t want to?
I’ve thought about that ever since I started writing and I don’t have a clear answer.
When I was a kid, sit on the couch with my sisters, biting my fingernails, my heart pumping watching the Alfred Hitchcock and the Twilight Zone shows.
Is our fascination nothing more than an instant adrenal rush?
Paranormal writers face these questions every time we sit down at the keyboard. Do we believe in them or are we trying to figure out what the attraction is to them?
Actually a part of me wants to believe in them. I want to believe that there are forces I’ll never understand. I want to believe that good will always triumph over evil and the world will right itself and everything will be fine.
I’m a romance writer. I want the humans to win against the zombies. I want the good angels to make sure humans win against the bad angels. I want to believe in the happily ever after story ending.
Tell me why you love Halloween so much. Tell me why if you believe in demons and why? The best answer will win a $25 Amazon gift card.
Put your answers in the comments section and I’ll choose the one I like best.
I can’t wait to read your answers.
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