“The nervous system of the inorganic demon is, in fact, a spiritual matrix.”
The Iranian philosopher and author Reza Negarestani’s 2008 book – Cyclonopedia is a theoretical-fiction novel about a demon “dust enforcer” named Pazuzu who whips up clouds of dust in the desert bringing diseases and plagues upon mankind. It has been globally acclaimed as the first horror and science fiction book coming from and written on the Middle East.
In the fictional theology of Negarestani, the Middle East is a sentient being; thought is dust; and the black oil that runs through its veins is the putrefying blood of demons and the wars they bring a war-machine creating a fog of necrodemocratic politics to the region.
The dust is known as “civilization” and the conflicts of the Middle East are due to an ancient demonical influence carried within its particles.
He writes in Cyclonopedia;
“Each particle of dust carries with it a unique vision of matter, movement, collectivity, interaction, affect, differentiation, composition and infinite darkness — a crystallized data-base or a plot ready to combine and react, to be narrated on and through something. There is no line of narration more concrete than a stream of dust particles.”
In the chapter called the “Dust Enforcer,” Negarestani tells us about the Demon Pazuzu whose specialty is to “[scavenge] the stratified Earth and its biosphere in the form of Dust,” and by way the demons, he is able to disseminate plagues and other epidemics upon the planet.
This ancient demonical dust has covered the Middle East and thus global politics creating perpetual and insoluble upheavals and wars.
Negarestani calls these spirits inorganic demons that are parasitic by nature whose infiltrating military capacities and systems of possession are fostered by a certain range of human activities that integrate the demon into its human host’s neural system. Once the integration process (possession) has been completed, they cannot be separated and to do so, would result in the death of the human.
From this point forward, the demon relies on its host to obtain information, carry out tasks and essentially become a slave to its desires.
Here an excerpt from his book detailing this process. Negarestani writes;
“Inorganic demons are parasitic by nature, they themselves give rise to their xenotating existence, and generate their effects out of the human host, whether as an individual, an ethnicity, a society or an entire civilization.
Their infiltrating military capacities and systems of possession are fostered by a certain range of human activities obsessed with artifacts, relics and inorganic entities (realism of objects). The fascinations of archeology, religion, capitalism and their hybrids with ancient weaponry and principles of inorganic entities are instances of such activities connected to humans.
(b) Inorganic demons induce xeno-excitations in their wielders or human hosts (‘Wisdom’).
(c) Psychosomatic responses or side effects of this Wisdom (wielded ancientness) begin to develop, in the form of incurable afflictions or progressive maladies in their host (commonly known as the price). These obscure allergic reactions to inorganic demons are either programmed by the demon-artifact as it embeds itself within the human host (reprogramming the logic of organism), or are produced by the human host in its overreaction to the xenotating existence of the inorganic demon, its unfolding inhumanity and its qualitative state (that is, its inorganicity).
Another reason for these cataclysms in the host is the incoming data from the Outside which is inherently overwhelming for the anthropomorphic capacity, and therefore triggers a recoiling mechanism in the host from within, in the form of a flood from without.
(d) Once inorganic demons infiltrate an anthropomorphic agency (a silent incursion which is usually affirmed by the human side, whether consciously or not), they embed their inorganic sentience within the human host.
The instant this embedding or implantation process is completed, the inorganic demon cannot be plucked out or extricated from the neural, social or even membranous networks of the human host (an individual, a society, an ethnicity or a civilization). Forcing the inorganic demon away without deactivating it imposes fatal irreversible consequences upon the host, at catastrophically rapid rates.
(e) The parasitic sentience of inorganic demons is triggered, or the inorganic demon starts to interact with its human host, when the nervous system of the inorganic demon is stimulated.
The nervous system of the inorganic demon is in fact a ‘spiritual matrix’.
As a part of a process of possession or communication with the demonic object, this spiritual matrix must be charged by sufficient external stimuli from the human host. These external stimuli are immaterial, qualitative and can. in a certain sense, be classified as spiritual (examples include faithlessness or faith, doubt, apprehension, piousness, hunger and pain).
Upon activation by these spiritual, carnal, sensual or intellectual stimuli, the inorganic demon begins to encroach upon the human host Since the inorganic demon’s sentience is inaccessible to the human, this demonic possession can only suggest the absurdity of human openness or access (intellect and sense).
The external stimuli from the human host always play the role of an incentive (incantare) or a strategic Call for the Inorganic Demon; or to put it differently, these stimuli feed the soul of the inorganic demon, whose folds move and force the demonic sentience out to the human host, supporting the demon in finding its way in the human sphere.”
“Everywhere a hole moves, a surface is invented. When the despotic necrocratic regime of periphery-core, for which everything should be concluded and grounded by the gravity of the core, is deteriorated.” P50
A surface-consuming plague is a pack of rats whose tails are the most dangerous seismic equipment; tails are spatial synthesizers (fiber-machines), exposing the terrain which they traverse to sudden and violent folding and unfolding, while seizing patches of ground and composing them as non-human music. Tails are musical instruments, playing metal -tails, lasher tanks in motion. Although tails have a significant locomotive role, they also act as boosters of agility or anchors of infection.”
If we are to look back at ancient history to what desert demon may have inspired Negarestani to write this book, we find similar demons in Gnosticism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam with a history spanning to Babylon.
For example, in the Scripture, the desert demons are some of the most formidable foes of humankind like those found in Leviticus xvi. 9 which specifically gives the name of one desert demon to Azazel, and in Isaiah 34 to Lilith and to several demons of the same class. In the Book of John 12:31, 14:30; “the prince of the power of the air” was called Merriam.
It appears that Negarestani may have received the inspiration and history to model his story with a modern spin with the demon Pazuzu after the “Demon of the Southwest Wind,” who I will discuss in this article.
It was also the common belief in ancient times amongst the Gnostics, Jews, Christians, and Muslims that demons were everywhere on the earth and both good and evil the spirits filled the air. I discuss the belief and the modern science that I believe proves that there are really what we call spirits in the air as high as the moon and beyond in some of my previous articles such as; Meaning of Spirit, The Demonic Dark Spirits of the Air, Spirits of the Air: Scientists find that bacteria can be transferred horizontally to others through the air, and Demonic Fungi/Molds Survive at 33,000 Feet in the Air.
According to the Scriptures, the desert is the place of unclean spirits where the deserted and waste places appear as peculiarly the abode of the Evil Spirit. See Matt. xii. 43, where the unclean spirit cast out of the man is represented as going through ‘dry places’: also Luke viii. 27; and Rev. xviii. 2, according to which the fallen Babylon is to be the dwelling of all unclean spirits.
In ancient times, the favorite place to ban demons and send them away from civilization was to the desert and mountains via an exorcism, “evil spirit to thy desert.” (Thompson, Devils). The banning of the demons into the desert and mountains (cf. Mt. 12: 43) is frequent magical papyris; “go and fall on the mountains and heights and the unclean beasts.”
It was said that the dry arid deserts were populated with legions of them.
Nowhere could a spiritual warrior find such a formidable foe than in these waste and desolate places being scarcely habitable by man where the fiendish demons in the hot and dreary dust of the desert create a hell on the earth.
The desert demons through the agency of living particles carried by the wind when breathed in could take possession of the bodies of men, controlling his faculties producing either madness and epilepsy, or prophets and sages. People who they called demoniacs or Saints who walked the line between both worlds in the desert conversing with God and the Devil.
These parasitical organisms of the desert are akin to the ancient beliefs of the Holy Fathers who went to battle with desert demons which brings us to Negarestani’s demon “dust enforcer” who whips up clouds of desert dust bringing diseases and plagues upon mankind.
History shows that Christians believed that demons still possessed madmen and epileptics, the records of certain holy monks who fought with demons in the desert were said to have gained power over them and were able to cast them out like Jesus.
“By the sweat of your brow you will eat your bread, until you return to the ground— because out of it were you taken. For dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” – Genesis 3:19
The She Demon Lilith appears in both ancient Gnosticism and the mysteries of the Abrahamic religions. She is normally depicted as a woman who wears a horned crown and has the wings and feet of a bird and in this image she is flanked by owls as stands on the backs of two lions.(Image From British Museum)
In ancient Judaism, Lilith was originally classed as a desert demon, and not as a demon of the night. She is mentioned in the Bible in Isaiah 34, which enumerates the fierce demons of the desert wilderness: hyenas, goat-demons and “the Lilith” (Isaiah 34:14).
The Travels of Crete speaks of the Arabic version translates Lilith as “algol” the man-devouring demon of the waste;
“The lilith, mentioned in Isaiah, is agreed to be a nocturnal spectre: Michaelis supposes that it may mean a kind of incubus: and the Arabic version translates the word by “algol” the man-devouring demon of the waste, known by the name Goule to the English reader of the Arabian Nights.
Some persons have supposed, but, seemingly, without any good reason, that the expression in the Psalms, “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night, nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness,” denotes a similar monster.
We also find Lilith in the Dead Sea Scrolls where she appears with her destroying angels and bastard spirits in the Song for a Sage;
“And I, the Sage, sound the majesty of His beauty to terrify and confound all the spirits of destroying angels and the bastard spirits, the demons, Lilith. . ., and those that strike suddenly, to lead astray the spirit of understanding, and to make desolate their heart.”
The ancient name “Lilith” derives from a Sumerian word for female demons or wind spirits. The lilītu dwells in desert lands and open country spaces and is especially dangerous to pregnant women and infants. Her breasts are filled with poison, not milk.
In Babylonia, the southwest wind, which comes from the Arabian desert, was especially dreaded for there was a terrible atmospheric demon inhabiting it which caused destructive storms and floods, and claimed many human victims who he caused to go mad, ill, and die an early death. I detail these ancient Babylonian beliefs in my article, The Babylonians Diagnosed Epilepsy As Demon Possession.
The Babylonians were the first people in history to study and document the various human neurological and psychiatric disorders, including epilepsy. They believed that epilepsy was the cause of a supernatural disorder due to an invasion of the body by evil demons or spirits or the anger of personal gods, which like in Catholicism, required the intervention of the priest or ašipu.
The terrible Demon of the Southwest Wind whose features were horrible with the body of a dog in an upright position, the feet of an eagle, the claws of a lion, the tails of a scorpion, the head of a skeleton but half-decayed, and adorned with goat’s horns, and the eye still remaining with four great expanded wings.
He is so ugly that the mere sight of his own image drives him away.
The half-decayed head and animal parts, in my opinion, proves that this demon comes to us from the world of fungi/molds that control our flesh and has a punishment for our sins, send these demons of death to drag our unworthy souls via to hell in a handbasket with the hooks, forks and their fangs inserted into our rotting flesh.
This ancient physical description of the desert demon actually sounds and feels just like a systematic fungal infection and toxic mold syndrome.
Various texts from this time period verify my theory by telling us that the Demon of the Southwest Wind inflamed breath dries up the harvests and consumes men and animals with fever. These stories mimick the modern science of parasitical fungi/molds that do the exact same things to crops, animals, and humans.
It was said that this figure was originally placed on an amulet and suspended by a ring behind the wearer’s head, and by placing his image at the door of the window, the demons fatal influence might be averted.
In Egypt, we find an ancient inscription from the burial place of Thebes, a deceased person who is making reference to some female demon called the Western Crest, who both inflicts and cures a certain disease connected with breathing (the word spirit means breath). In the inscription it is said: “Beware of the Crest, for there is a lion in her, and she strikes like a lion that bewitches, and she is on the track of all that sin against her” (Sayce, Rel. Anc. Eg, and Bab., p. 210).
In the early 20th century, famed British Assyriologist, linguist, and author, Rev. Archibald Henry Sayce, had suggested that the disease inflicted by this demon is asthma which produced symptoms such as frightful convulsions and suffocations often continuing for several hours, and generally at night. Conditions that could be attributed to the agency of a demon or evil spirit.
The hot parching southwest wind coming from the Arabian desert was and still is particularly dreaded, because with it brings clouds of fine sand and the sand-drifts which blind and bury travelers with their camels and horses, and also the much-feared droughts. With these devastating furies also comes the dreaded illness and disease that attack the people in these regions – especially young children and old people who have weaker immune systems than younger adults and middle-aged persons.
This research now brings us to modern science which has proven the desert dust is alive and can possess, eat and kill you. It is also being used by some militaries as bio-weapons of mass demonic destruction with various fungi/molds mycotoxins or what I like to call MWD’s – Mold Weapons of Mass Destruction.
In the Southwest United States of America, the desert winds whip up what is called a “Death Dust” that carries within it living fungal spores called Coccidioides immitis or Cocci for short.
A Southwest Desert Demon that creates illness and disease that can kill humans known as Valley Fever.
“If you don’t get the medicine and it’s in the brain, you’re going to die.” – Dr. Obi Okoli- Las Cruces, Mexico Physician
The New Yorker had published an article in 2014 titled “Death Dust,” which explains how in the nineteen-fifties, both the U.S. and the Russians had bio-warfare programs using the mold known as Coccidioidomycosis. A 2003 PubMed study, Coccidioides immitis as a potential bioweapon, described this mold and how it is used;
“Coccidioides immitis is a fungus endemic to the soil of areas of the southwestern United States, northern Mexico, and scattered areas of Central and South America. Natural infection occurs by inhalation of airborne arthroconidia. C. immitis could be used as a weapon of bioterror or biowarfare with aerosol delivery. Its use for this purpose would, however, present a number of obstacles and its effect would be uncertain and most probably limited.”
Part of the desert area that was once the Babylonian empire known as Iraq was ground zero for developing weapons of mass destruction using the mycotoxins from various molds (fungi) since the early 1980s.
It was as if Sadam Hussein’s Babylonian regime was not only invoking the Demon of the Southwest Wind, they were harboring its powers in making demonic weapons and bombs.
The United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) had proven after the Iraq-U.S. War, that Iraq’s past WMD programs for mold mycotoxin bio-weapons were carried out at various locations throughout the country. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) also lists these biological weapons on their website as being confirmed for open-air testing in Iraq.
Places such as Al Safa and Al Hakam, located in on the outskirts of Baghdad which were dedicated to producing biological weapons made from various toxin-producing microorganisms. The Iraqis were successful in creating large quantities of disease-causing bombs from botulinum toxin, anthrax, and from Aflatoxins produced by the fungus/mold called Aspergillus.
Al Hakum (or Al Hakam) originally was one of Iraq’s most sophisticated and largest biological weapons (BW) production factory that was connected with other facilities allowing them to produce large quantities of botulinum toxin and anthrax from 1989 to 1996.
The Arabic name, Al Hakam means “The Judge” which is one of the Names of God in the Qur’an.
UNSCOM had said, “The Agricultural and Water Resources Research Centre at Fudaliyah, also known as Al Safa, is located in the Northeastern outskirts of Baghdad. This site was a dedicated aflatoxin production facility. Nearly 2000 liters of the agent were produced. The site was converted from a scientific agricultural research station.”
If we look at the subject matter of Negarestani’s 2008 science fiction novel, we find that it is actually aligned perfectly with many ancient beliefs of our religious ancestors, demonology, modern science, military strategy, and the Abrahamic Scriptures.
A system in which we may be the supreme host via our central nervous systems of the inorganic demon whose dust particles make up our very DNA making us cocreator, coevolver, and if need be, codestroyer of this global spiritual matrix or what some may call a net from which there will never be an escape for any human soul possessed by a demon or their own spirit.
As it is said in Matthew 7:15-20, “You Will Know Them by Their Fruits,” and I might add “You will know them inwardly by their moldy (bad) Fruits.”
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits, you will know them.”
A prophetic and deadly Biblical recipe for the Bad Fruit rotting in many of the halls of Government and even religion that could bring the Judge of the Demon Apocalypse and the conclusion of this 6th Age.
Moe is the founder of GnosticWarrior.com. A website dedicated to both the ancient and modern teachings of Gnosticism.