This article contains Hereditary spoilers. This is because Satanic cinema is ultimately scarier than any other monster films unless you count based-on-real-life political thrillers or the impending doom of Legally Blonde 3. Devil movies scare the shit out of people because they mine a collective subconscious for its most revered derisions. Every follower of every faith, and that includes most people who opted out to become agnostics, atheists, or nihilists, was messed up in their very infancy by the religion they were born into. Catholics get submerged in water with oils and salt by a guy in a scary hat burning incense. Jewish boys are circumcised by mohels, who stick around for snacks. It goes on like this through fire and brimstone sects of every tradition. Satan, in whatever form it happens to take, is scary. Almost as scary as God. Ad — content continues below.
From Discoverie of Witchcraft , Joseph H. Peterson edition: Paymon. The Spirit Paymon is of the power of the Air, the sixteenth in the ranck of Thrones, subordinate to Corban and Marbas. He appeareth in the form of a Man sitting upon a Dromedary with a Crown most glorious upon his head.
This story contains spoilers for the movie Hereditary , and discusses the ending in detail. Hereditary is a horror experience like none other. It's visceral, ugly, confrontational; not for the faint of heart. There's also a lot of plot hurled at the audience in the film's breathless final act, the last 20 minutes of which are non-stop madness. It's a film so savagely scary, A24 tested audience heart rates to see how high they collectively spiked. The answer: Pretty damn high. If you were one of those gasping, frantic viewers you might have missed some of what Hereditary 's grand finale was hitting you with. What, exactly, do those haunting final images mean, and who -- or what -- was pulling the strings all along? Here's a breakdown of the finale, and a deeper look at the film's demonic mythology. Let's recap what goes down at the end of Hereditary before we jump into the deeper meaning.
King Paimon appears as the ninth spirit in the Goetia ,  the twenty-second spirit in the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum ,  and in the Dictionnaire Infernal. The Goetia , Weyer, and de Plancy warn that if King Paimon appears alone, a sacrifice must be made to summon Bebal and Abalam, two kings who serve under him but do not always accompany him. These three sources state that he rules legions of spirits, some of which are of the order of Angels and the rest Powers. Critical editions of the Lesser Key of Solomon list him as a former Dominion. Practising occultist Carroll "Poke" Runyon suggests that the name ultimately derives from "a Middle Eastern Pagan Goddess", on the grounds that some manuscripts depict King Paimon as a young man riding a camel, and that the name "Paimon" purportedly meant "a tinkling sound" in an unspecified language, in turn a claimed reference to Isis. Sloane MS and the Liber Officiorum Spirituum describe him as having a "Hoarse Voice",      and those works, Weyer, and the Goetia note that he must be commanded to speak plainly,        with the Liber Officiorum Spirituum specifying that King Paimon will speak in his native language until commanded to converse in the summoner's own language. The Goetia , Weyer, Livre des Esperitz , and the Liber Officiorum Spirituum all describe him as teaching science and answering other questions. In Abramelin , King Paimon's powers include  knowledge of past and future events, clearing up doubts, making spirits appear, creating visions, acquiring and dismissing servant spirits, reanimating the dead for several years, flight, remaining underwater indefinitely, and general abilities to "make all kinds of things" and "all sorts of people and armor appear" at the behest of the magician.