Demon Study: Eurynomous

ErymoniusNot much is known about this old Spirit, one of the only historical references to him comes from Pausanias, in his Description of Greece 10. 28. 7 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
“[Description of a painting of the Underworld by Polygnotos C5th B.C. at Delphoi :] Eurynomos, said by the Delphian guides to be one of the daimones of Hades, who eats off all the flesh of the corpses, leaving only their bones. But Homer’s Odyssey, the poem called the Minyad, and the Returns, although they tell of Haides and its horrors, know of no Daimon called Eurynomos. However, I will describe what he is like and his attitude in the painting. He is of a colour between blue and black, like that of meat flies; he is showing his teeth and is seated, and under him is spread a vulture’s skin.”

When we turn to  Greek mythology, we find a few other Eurynomos (Eurynomoi ? ):

Eurynomos, in the Odyssey, the third son of Aigyptios, brother of Antiphos and one of the suitors of Penelope.
Eurynomos, according to Ovid, one the Centaurs who fought against the Lapiths at the wedding of Hippodamia.
Eurynomos, a son of Magnes and Phylodice and brother of Eioneus; father of Hippios, who was devoured by Sphinx, and of Orsinome, who married Lapithes.
Eurynomos, a defender of Troy killed by Ajax the Great.

I frist encountered this Daemon in The Complete Book of Demonolatry by S. Connolly (fantastic work on the subject of working with Demons respectfully, I highly recommend her books and the system of Demonolatry as a whole)and she gave the following correspondences=

Color: Black (I’ve found White to also fit depending on mood )

Direction: Northeast

Holy Day: October 31st

Season: Late Autumn

Rituals: New beginnings, Death, Rebirth, Celebration of Death/Life

Herb: Mullein

Element:Earth

He has appeared to me as a pale man with a wide smile wearing  tattered Linen Clothing. He had a book chained to his left hand.Very Happy and filled with joy, glee, and mischief; the frist time I called him he donned a Top Hat within five minutes of talking with me  (this was some time before my own work with said headgear, so it could have been a precursor of things to come ). He reminded me of Baron Samedi, whom I’ve worked with a time or two before meeting the Daemon of Death, and I believe he comes from the same “family” of Spirits as Baron Cimetière, Baron La Croix, and Baron Kriminel. It would make sense that he is of the Guédé (or Ghede) family of Loa, and I plan on more extensive work with him in the future to find out.Under his influence, I seemed to burn brighter for a time, and the world around me took on a much sharper focus. I enjoyed working with him, and if any of you decide to as well, I would suggest using the proper forms that are set out in Connolly’s work the frist few times before grafting him to a different system altogether. Remember, the more respect you give to a spirit, the more you receive in kind.

Sources : ^ Smith, William; Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, London (1873).

“Eurynomus”
Pausanias, Description of Greece,

Homer, Odyssey,

Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca, Epitome of Book

Ovid, Metamorphoses

The Complete Book of Demonolatry by S. Connolly

 

 

 

 

Demon Study: Eurynomous was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

One thought on “Demon Study: Eurynomous

  1. I’ve always wondered if his name isn’t connected to that of the Greek Goddess Eurynome. She doesn’t seem to have anything in common with him at first glance, but both have Greek names that look awful similar. Then again, Greek mythology isn’t my strongest point.

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