Wrestling with a Demon

Wrestling with a Demon August 23, 2019

I wasn’t sure what to call this post. A number of jokes come to mind. It isn’t every day, even for a religion professor, when a colleague comes up to you saying that they need help finding a demon!

Now, to be clear, this individual is interested in finding out about a name for and ancient ideas about a demon, rather than conjuring the demon up. At least, that is what they have said to me. What one does with information provided is out of my control, right?

Anyway, as was hinted at subtly in the title of this post, my colleague has asked me whether I or any of my contacts can help with identifying a demon who has interest in pugilism (boxing or wrestling).

I can’t. This is absolutely outside of my area of expertise. Boxing and wrestling are, I might add, even further beyond my areas of interest (both when it comes to research and personally) than demons are.

But I am sure that there are people I know who can help. Can you? Is there a demon of this sort in any lore that you’re familiar with, and if so, what was its name?

Of related interest:

La divinisación de Satán en Is 14

And more frivolously/satirically:

How to Apply For an Academic Job and Also Summon the Ancient Mesopotamian Demon Pazuzu

Report: Students Who Take Latin Have Better Chance Of Summoning Demon Later In Life

Demonic Spirit Claws Way Out Of Hell To Flicker Lights, Throw Some Silverware Around

If you read this far, let me renew the appeal for help finding a demon (not just any demon, but the specific sort my colleague is looking for), in case in clicking on the humorous links to The Onion and McSweeneys you forgot about where this all started. Thanks in advance to anyone who can provide any useful leads, never mind a name. And again, being able to provide a ritual incantation that will summon the demon in question is not what my colleague is after.

I think…


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  • robrecht

    No, but if you get overpowered by this demon, I know where you can get an amulet of St Pugnacious. Perhaps that might help:


    Apparently, the real patron saint of boxers is St. Nicholas, yes, Santa Claus.

    • John MacDonald

      Abraham Lincoln was an accomplished wrestler!

  • John MacDonald

    You’ve never heard of the ancient Chinese/Indian demon “Bok-Singh?” Emperor “Sum -Yung-Gai” implemented worship of this demon as a religion to unify his Chinese-Indian realm many years ago much in the same way Ptolemy II instituted the cult of Serapis. lol

    • John MacDonald

      Not to mention the Chinese patron divinity/demon of narcolepsy: “Rest-Ling!”

      • John MacDonald

        Philologically, I would also accept “Wrestling” or “Rest-Ling” as the patron demon/divinity of Laziness. . I was a fun public school teacher. I kept the kids entertained all day long saying silly, random stuff! Laziness as “Rest-Ling:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLexgOxsZu0

  • SkyknightXi

    Well, Marchosias of the Ars Goetia is said to be an excellent fighter, and also takes care to deal with anything her conjuror needs. (Yes, “her”, despite the Goetia’s constant use of male pronouns—Marchosias manifests as an eagle-winged, snake-tailed, fire-breathing she-wolf, and since I trust spirits choose their forms freely…) Interestingly, it’s implied that she expected to be restored to Heaven when Jesus effected the salvation of all.

  • I name my computers after demons. I’m currently on Pazuzu, and Asmodeus is at home.

    • Susan Jane Elohim

      Someone spammed my post to you on another blog. I hope you got it.
      I was thinking you might enjoy reading a book called “God Prophetically Named the Stars”. Google and read that book if you can find it. It is truly amazing what God has done.

  • Brad Matthies

    Refer your colleague to an English translation of Dictionaire Infernal (1863). The original is in French. In 2000 the Well’s Library in Bloomington had copies of both translations. The book is a hoot and the art is fascinating.

    • Thanks for the recommendation! And always great to hear from you!