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What on Earth is a purple demon?
« on: June 09, 2011, 07:49:55 PM »
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Re: What on Earth is a purple demon?
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2011, 08:25:02 PM »
I think the topic title says it all

Demons which cause strife in the lead up to or during fasting periods of the Church. During these times, those who follow Orthodox forums or mailing lists can observe--or even take part in! ;)--an increased level of strife, fighting, short tempers etc. Such instances are usually attributed to the activity of purple demons.
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Re: What on Earth is a purple demon?
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2011, 09:31:21 PM »
Ah, thank you.  I'd only ever heard the term in connection with fasting, but there had never been enough context to determine exactly what they were.  Thank you.
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Re: What on Earth is a purple demon?
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2011, 10:15:09 PM »
Demons are real, but the interest in this specific purple demon thing seems to be a convert related phenomena. Is the concept related to some monastic teachings or one of the various national church sub-customs? I don't think that it is universally known within Orthodoxy.

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Re: What on Earth is a purple demon?
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2011, 10:24:46 PM »
Demons are real, but the interest in this specific purple demon thing seems to be a convert related phenomena. Is the concept related to some monastic teachings or one of the various national church sub-customs? I don't think that it is universally known within Orthodoxy.

It's derived from a Greek custom. But I wouldn't really say that purple demons are a convert phenomena--as if that's in and of itself a bad thing. I've seen many people reference them around OC.net.
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Re: What on Earth is a purple demon?
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2011, 08:17:59 AM »
Demons are real, but the interest in this specific purple demon thing seems to be a convert related phenomena. Is the concept related to some monastic teachings or one of the various national church sub-customs? I don't think that it is universally known within Orthodoxy.

It's derived from a Greek custom. But I wouldn't really say that purple demons are a convert phenomena--as if that's in and of itself a bad thing. I've seen many people reference them around OC.net.

Apologies, I meant no offense to converts nor did I mean to imply that convert interest in a subject is intrinsically a bad thing. Growing up in a Slavic cultural tradition I was unfamiliar with the term until I became part of this board. I have learned much from converts' issues and concerns and while sometimes some individuals may become obsessed about one issue or another, that holds true for 'cradle' and 'convert' alike. I suspected that the origins were Greek, but I didn't find an answer with a internet search, just a lot abouta song by the band Deep Purple!  ;)
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Re: What on Earth is a purple demon?
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2011, 09:41:25 AM »
I always figured they were named after the purple color of lent when they attack.
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Re: What on Earth is a purple demon?
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2011, 09:51:14 AM »
I always figured they were named after the purple color of lent when they attack.

Which bring up the question, why is the color scheme of the main page here still purple?

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Re: What on Earth is a purple demon?
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2011, 10:07:22 AM »
I always figured they were named after the purple color of lent when they attack.

Which bring up the question, why is the color scheme of the main page here still purple?

I don't know. I'm currently seeing it as blue. Could it be something in your personal settings?
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Re: What on Earth is a purple demon?
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2011, 11:14:15 AM »
I always figured they were named after the purple color of lent when they attack.

Which bring up the question, why is the color scheme of the main page here still purple?

I don't know. I'm currently seeing it as blue. Could it be something in your personal settings?

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