Cacodemon

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Tychodaimon, the opposite of the Kakodaimon

A cacodemon (or cacodaemon) is an evil spirit or (in the modern sense of the word) a demon. The opposite of a cacodemon is an agathodaemon or eudaemon, a good spirit or angel. The word cacodemon comes through Latin from the Ancient Greek κακοδαίμων (kakodaimōn) meaning an evil spirit, whereas daimon would be a neutral spirit in Greek and Tychodaimon would be a good spirit. In psychology, cacodemonia (or cacodemomania) is a form of insanity in which the patient believes that they are possessed by an evil spirit. The first known occurrence of the word cacodemon dates to 1398. In Shakespeare's Richard III Act 1 Scene 3, Queen Margaret calls Richard a "cacodemon" for his foul deeds and manipulations.[1]

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  • In the book The Magicians by Lev Grossman, the main characters each have a Cacodemon magically implanted into their backs.
  • Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld novels feature cacodemons and eudemons, some of whom have produced semi-human-like progeny; in this context eudemons are not so much "good" as "non-chaotic".
  • Deicide's second album, Legion, contains a song called "Satan Spawn, The Caco-Daemon".
  • In Digimon Savers, the Mega-level Digimon Daemon of the Seven Great Demon Lords is based on the Cacodemon in both name and design.
  • There is a painting by Paul Klee called Cacodaemonic (1916)
  • There is a boulder in Squamish, Canada called Cacodemon, it is the location of the climb Dreamcatcher, a 5.14d (9a) first climbed by Chris Sharma.

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