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Demonspotting 7: Baphomet: Demon, Idol, or Hoax?

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

Demonspotting 7: Baphomet: Demon, Idol, or Hoax?

Baphomet is another ugly-looking customer with a goat head and hooves, wings, scales, and aspects of both male and female bodies.

A guy named Eliphas Lévi claimed that Baphomet represented the sum total of the universe: intelligence, the elements, wisdom, life-giving, sin, and forgiveness. He may have something to do with the Gnostic goddess of wisdom, Mete, or not.

Some people say that Baphomet is just another word for Satan.

Some people say that Baphomet is an idol–topped with a human skull, stuffed human head (real), or just a wooden/metal representation of a human head.

And other people say that Baphomet is something the Templar Knights made up under torture. The Templars were put in jail, their money and lands seized. Their enemies tried to get them out of the way by making them admit to witchcraft.

Baphomet became associated with a picture of a Satanic goat drawn by Eliphas Lévi. This one. Baphomet

Well, if I’m a big wimp and if you tortured me, I’d agree to anything, for sure, even worshiping a goat-headed idol.

Sources

Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft, and Wicca
The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft, and Wicca
(Paperback)
by 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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