Monday, April 19, 2010

Monster Monday: the Mazzikim & Jophiel


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The Mazzik, aka the Injurer or the Harmer, comes from Jewish tradition and is a lower-level demon. The name translates as "Those Who Lay Ambushes," and exorcisms and incantations against them were found on ancient Babylonian clay tablets. There are 14 Mazzikim. Seven live beneath the earth and cause earthquakes and epidemics, while the other seven live in the skies and cause storms and evil winds.

Seems like a lot of Mazzikim are on the loose in the world right now, eh?

Mazzikim like uninhabited wild places, deep shadows, ruins, cemeteries. Gargoyles can offer some protection from them. Just to make them more difficult, they also can shapeshift into dogs, frogs, goats or people. As their name implies, they won't chase you down but might ambush you if you wander into their territory.

Finally, the king of the Mazzikim is Kafzefoni. His angel counterpart is the archangel Jophiel, so make an appeal to Jophiel if you need protection. Although he isn't exactly an angel of the warm and fuzzy variety; he is the angel that drove Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden and guards the Tree of Life from humans' return.

And there you have it: The Mazzikim. I might have to work one into a story.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the info on the Mazzikim! I'm actually using them in my second novel as low-level demons who were once human souls. Angelic lore is fascinating!

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  2. I have more info if you need it--but am sure you've done all your research already. Angelic lore IS fascinating!

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  3. Thanks Suzanne -- I'm doing a combination of research and then making up my own lore for them ;-) For my first novel, which contains vampires and demons (heavily drawing upon Angel lore), I used A Dictionary of Angels, Including the Fallen Angels by Gustav Davidson. I highly recommend it!

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