The Demonising of the Demon Pazuzu

Revisiting the demon from The Exorcist

A small, bronze figurine of Pazuzu.
Bronze statuette of Pazuzu (1800–800 BCE), Ancient Near Eastern Collection of the University of Tübingen, Germany. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0

I saw The Exorcist when I was in my mid-teens. Despite the by-then outdated special effects of pea soup vomit and rotating heads, it left me terrified. I was convinced the devil had me in mind as his next possession target.

The demon who possessed 12-year-old Regan MacNeil was called Pazuzu. He was based on a god…

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Nichola Scurry

Nichola Scurry

Australian living in Barcelona, writing mostly about popular culture with a twist of quirky. If you like my writing, I like coffee. ko-fi.com/nicscurry