It turned out that to get rid of superstition as easy as heresy. Belief in demons and evil spirits led many to support Pavlikian and to the worship of Satan, some have even gone so far as to declare it the eldest son of God. Six species were considered the most dangerous demons. They inhabited the air, ether, fire, and earth, and lived underground. And they demanded constant victims. Evil Eye is so afraid that he still believed in the remote areas of the Middle East, where the wear amulets - in the early Byzantine times, - to protect themselves from it. Even in the Grand Palace library stored illustrated portraits of emperors book that could predict the future of the empire. Already in the VIII century, Constantine V consulted his astrologers before the fight with the enemies. So I do Alexios I Komnenos in the XI century. As a result, astrology was considered close to the magic and so vehemently condemned by the Church, even in the XII century, when many pundits have already recognized astrology a science, but it is also widely used to produce predictions. This stigma, embrace her in the early Byzantine period, existed throughout the history of the state. To help believers avoid all mortal sins, the clergy has set strict rules for visiting the church excommunicated themselves those who could not attend the service for three consecutive Sundays. On Sundays, as well as all the days between Easter and Trinity, all ought to pray standing; this meant that the early Christian custom of getting up for prayer repealed. Russian applied this provision to any action in the Church and hold it to this day.