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Demonspotting 4: Beelzebub/Baalzebub/Bealzebub

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Demonspotting

Demon’s wings are as angel’s wings.
Their halos are as shining bright.
They sing as well as angels, too.
But only when it’s night.
– Calvin Miller

Beelzebub was one of the cherubim before the whole ‘angels rebelling against God’ thing happened. He has been associated with the sin of pride and the sin of gluttony.

Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

His name can be translated as “Lord of the Flies,” which gives him a connection to that book you probably had to study in High School. Also, he appears as a giant fly if you summon him (and why would you want to do that, exactly?).

Beelzebub’s name is derived from the pre-Jewish “Ba’al” (For more info, see Baal). Specifically, “Ba’al Zebub,” which either means “Lord of Zebub,” which is a place (no one knows where it is), or “Lord of the Flies.” Or, it might mean both, actually. That would make sense since he rules over something called “The Order of the Flies,” and he can send plagues of flies.

In three of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke), the high-level priests at the temple accuse Jesus of driving out demons in the name of Beelzebub, not God.

Beelzebub appears in de Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernale, but not the Goetia.

The apocryphal Book of Nicodemus depicts Christ harrowing Hell, and Beelzebub plays a specific role. Despite Satan’s objections, Beelzebub allows Christ to take the pre-Christian ‘saints,’ like Adam and Moses, to Heaven. In gratitude, Christ makes Beelzebub the King of Hell.

Another great reason not to summon him is that he might just strangle you for your trouble. And he’s hard to get rid of once you conjure him up.

So, to sum up:

  • Giant fly
  • Might kill you
  • Hard to get rid of

You might think about renting a movie instead.

Other demons you might like

Sources

Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft
The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft. 2nd Ed

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

DictionaryAngelsDictionary of Angels
Gustav Davidson

devilbookThe Devil: A Visual Guide to the Demonic, Evil, Scurrilous, and Bad (Hardcover)
by Tom Morgan, Genevieve Morgan

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