In demonology, one of the three demons that held sway over the dead, being with Bifrons in charge of moving the bodies from one grave to another, while Murmur took over the souls.
Bune was believed to be a most powerful demon, and one of Hell's grand dukes with 30 legions of the infernal army answering to his call. The demons under his command were called Bunis, and were regarded by the Tartars as exceedingly evil. Their powers were many and their numbers almost infinite.
Bune's form is that of a man, but he does not speak save by signs only. Some accounts have him as a dragon with three heads (dog, griffin and man). His infernal duties are to remove corpses, haunt cemeteries, and marshal the demons around tombs and the places of the dead. He is also suppose to bestow untold riches and eloquence upon those who serve him. Bune is one of the seventy-two spirits of Solomon (26th Goetic Spirit).
This is how Johann Weyer characterizes Bune in his 'Pseudomonarchia Daemonum' (1583):
"Bune is a great and a strong Duke, he appeareth as a dragon with three heads, the third whereof is like to a man; he speaketh with a divine voice, he maketh the dead to change their place, and divels to assemble upon the sepulchers of the dead: he greatlie inricheth a man, and maketh him eloquent and wise, answering trulie to all demands, and thirtie legions obeie him."
In S. L. MacGregor Mathers' the 'Goetia' (1904) Bune is also listed:
"The Twenty-sixth Spirit is Bune (or Bim). He is a Strong, Great and Mighty Duke. He appeareth in the form of a Dragon with three heads, one like a Dog, one like a Gryphon, and one like a Man. He speaketh with a high and comely Voice. He changeth the Place of the Dead, and causeth the Spirits which be under him to gather together upon your Sepulchres. He giveth Riches unto a Man, and maketh him Wise and Eloquent. He giveth true Answers unto Demands. And he governeth 30 Legions of Spirits. His Seal is this, unto the which he oweth Obedience."
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Sources: (1) Spence, Lewis, An Encyclopedia of Occultism, Carol Publishing Group; (2) Masello, Robert, Fallen Angels. . . and Spirits of the Dark, The Berkley Publishing Group; (3) Weyer, Johann, Pseudomonarchia Daemonum, Pegasus; (4) Mathers, S. L. MacGregor, Goetia, Weiser Books; (5) The Encyclopaedia Britannica Eleventh Edition Handy Volume Edition, Oxford University Press.
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