demonomania


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demonomania

(ˌdiːmənəˈmeɪnɪə)
n
a type of psychosis in which the sufferer believes that he or she is possessed by demons

demonomania

Medicine. a monomania in which a person believes he is possessed of devils. Also called demonopathy.
See also: Insanity
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Certainly religious "insanity" seems to fall into a least three categories: (1) apocalyptic despair (Millerism, for example), which can overlap with or cause (2) salvational melancholy (my term), and (3) demonomania (whereby a person thinks she is possessed by demons or is otherwise under the influence of Satan).
Although with song titles like Death Comes Ripping and Demonomania, I think it's safe to assume that - unlike Captain Sensible and the boys - they're unlikely to have a Happy Talk of their own in them somewhere.
On this account, perhaps Cardinal Suenens was wise to caution against the charismatic extremists who were caught up with "demonomania" (140).
Although with song titles like Death Comes Ripping and Demonomania, I think it's safe to assume that, unlike Captain Sensible and the boys, they were never very likely to have had a Happy Talk in them somewhere.
"'El sagaz perturbador del genero humano': Brujas, perros embrujados y otras demonomanias cervantinas." Cervantes 12.2:21-32.