This browser doesn't support Spotify Web Player. Switch browsers or download Spotify for your desktop.

Demonology (EVIL SPIRITS) with Alyssa Beall

By Alie Ward

Demons, spooky spirits, devils, fallen angles, hungry ghosts: every culture has them. And West Virginia University Religious Studies professor, demonologist and history buff Dr. Alyssa Beall runs down how humans have used myths and stories to explain the feelings that make our hairs stand up and our stomaches sink. Is possession a mental illness? Are demons pranksters from hell? Is your baby evil or just cranky? And why do we like to be scared and poke at the line between life and death? Also: demon dongs. Oh wow.Follow Dr. Alyssa Beall at 25th free "Science under the Stars" event with Alie and Sarah McAnulty: 6-9pm, Silverlake Meadow, Los Angeles. Bring a picnic blanket and pee before you get there. Donations went to and PlannedParenthood.orgSponsor links:, code OLOGIES;;; a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: has hats, shirts, pins, totes and STIIIICKERS!Follow or or editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray MorrisTheme song by Nick Thorburn

Listen to Demonology (EVIL SPIRITS) with Alyssa Beall now.

Listen to Demonology (EVIL SPIRITS) with Alyssa Beall in full in the Spotify app