Hortus Deliciarum - The Book of Demon from The Last Exorcism

Reaching into his safe, Cotton Marcus’s father pulls out an antiquated-looking book, and explains that it is the “Hortus Deliciarum’, and that there are ‘about twenty in the whole world’. Stating that ’this book describes the various kinds of Demons. It helps you identify them. And then recommends the process, for getting rid of that Demon’.

But what is the Hortus Deliciarum? And does it really exist?

According to Wikipedia, the Hortus Deliciarum (also known as ‘The Garden of Delights’), is a medieval manuscript compiled by Herrad of Landsberg at the Hohenburg Abbey in Alsace. That was a compenium of 12th Century knowledge, and included theosophical, philosophical, and literary themes. And was most noted for its illustrations, of which there were 336, inlcuding an illustration of Hell (see picture). However, the article makes no mention of its uses with regards to Exorcism of Demon.

The Hortus Deliciarum does however, within many of its illustrations conceptualize the idea of Satan, as ‘sin’, and as ‘temptation’. Showing how such temptations as money, power, and precious garments, could lead the monks (for whom it was intended as a educational text) away from the ‘crown of life’.

However, unfortunately, other than this, it appears as if the portrayal of the Hortus Deliciarum, within the movie The Last Exorcism, as an instructional guide for the Exorcism of Demon, was artistic license. And that while the book does indeed exist. It is not the book of Demon as suggested within the movie.

1 comment:

  1. If you're looking for a real book of conjuring demon you should look up the Goetia. Also known as the Lesser Key of Solomon.