In Hawaii where I live, the indigenous people have mythologies surrounding their deity Pele who is the goddess of fire and volcanoes.
Today, when people bring volcanic rocks from Hawaii as souvenirs, it supposedly is as if they’re taking Pele’s children. Those people go back home and say that horrible misfortunes that befall them.
If such curses do actually exist, here’s my question: is Pele a demon?
My question comes out of this reasoning: there are only two supernatural forces that exist – God’s forces and evil forces. There is nothing else. I don’t think we can believe that God assents to curses being put on people who take volcanic rock out of Hawaii. Ergo, it isn’t God; seemingly, it has to be demonic.
There are a couple other pieces of Hawaiian mythology about which I’ve wondered. Like, there are supposed to be what are called “Night Marchers,” which are sort of the ghosts of old Hawaiian armies. The story is that they go around and if you see them, you die; another version I’ve read is that you disappear. If these are real, are they demons? I couldn’t see God being interested in doing that.
Last myth, there’s a highway here where if you take pork with you, your car dies out. The story goes that spirits around the area are hungry and want the pork. Again, I think we can be pretty sure God doesn’t care about pork; our Judeo-Christian beliefs would tell us that God would be more concerned about feeding the impoverished in the world. If they aren’t God’s spirits, there can only be the possibility that they are demons.
Of course, whether or not these mythologies are true is up for question. here supposedly are stories of people who’ve encountered these things, so if they are real, are they demonic?