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Complementum Artis Exorcisticae
6.- Stampae, Petri Antonii. Fuga Satanae (Pág. 1193).
Text with slight moth damage. Two ex libris seals; slight humidity stain up to page 105 on exterior margin; page 833 torn and with small missing element on exterior margin, affects text only slightly. Overall in very good state. Bound in parchment of the time.
Thesaurus Exorcismorum "The Treasure of the Exorcists" is considered to be a highly influential manual for exorcists. In the manuals is found a fundamental preoccupation with sorcery and demonic possessions, along with instructions on techniques, prayers, formulas, rituals, and remedies for the expulsion and protection against demons and evil spirits.
At the start of the modern European age, there existed a political instability along with a religious and moral crisis, blamed on the Devil's influence. Due to this belief, the "Art of Exorcism" flourished in late 16th and early 17th centuries. Many demonologists researched names, physical aspects, forms and activities of demons.They put together manuals or treaties on exorcisms that helped uncover satanic presences in society. They learned how to identify and respond to different manifestations: physical, sensory, and paranormal.
In some of the texts, the limits between exorcist doctrine, mystical techniques, and the occult side of medicine are definitely blurred. In their search to teach therapeutic and antidemonic methods, they also researched different and strange sources, which is why it as felt as a rivalry to the teachings of theologists and judges.
Due to the lack of trust in these different techniques for exorcisms, in 1614 censure and prohibition came about after the publication of "Roman Ritual", a book which contained precise instructions that sharply contrasted with the exorcism practices divulged by Manghi and others. Works such as Flagellum Daemonum and Fustis Daemonum were severly censured in 1704.
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