In demonology, a mighty king of the regions of Hell, serving beneath the demon Caspiel, infernal Emperor of the South.
According to the Ars Theurgia, Asyriel himself rules from the southwestern point of the compass. He is the third spirit in rank at Caspiel's infernal court. He is also one of the 31 aerial spirits of Solomon.
Asyriel is associated with the direction of the southwest and has forty demonic dukes, ministering spirits or demons who serve under him.
Of these forty demons or dukes, twenty serve him by day and the other twenty serve during the hours of the night.
According to the Ars Theurgia, Asyriel and his demonic minions are all agreeable beings, swift in obeying conjurers which have the proper knowledge to summon and command them. The eight most important dukes of the day under Asyriel are Astor, Carga, Buniet, Rabas, Arcisat, Aariel, Cusiel, and Maguel. The eight under the night are Amiel, Cusriet, Maroth, Omiel, Budar, Aspeil, Faseua, and Hamas.
Hinduism has numerous demons, called asuras, who oppose the devas (gods). In Buddhism demons are seen as tempters who prevent the attainment of nirvana.
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