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For questions pertaining the devil, the personification of evil as it is conceived in many and various cultures and religious traditions.

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Parallels between Hecate and the Devil?

Hecate was associated with crossroads, just as the devil was. Do the similarities end there? Could Hecate qualify as a devil figure?
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What is the meaning of the inscriptions on Baphomet arms?

I refer to Latin words SOLVE and COAGULA on his arms. I understand literal translation of these words but it doesn't throw any light of the real designation and sacred meaning of them. All the ...
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Is Krampus really pagan?

Is Krampus really pagan in origin and not medieval Christian? A lot of people say that he is pagan and of Norse origin. A lot of people say that he is the son of Hel who is the goddess of Helheim in ...
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Why are goats associated with Satan?

Why is the goat often associated with Satan in various religious folklore and illustrations? What makes the goat satanic?
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Why Does the Devil Have a Silver Nose

I recently heard an Italian fairy-tale from a friend, in which a girl rescues her sisters from the Devil's basement. I've identified the tale as How the Devil Married Three Sisters (sometimes Silver ...
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Who was the first Satan like deity/creature/person in mythology?

There are satan/devil representations in other faiths/myths. But who was the first to have a role and background similar to Satan? Since religions sometimes take over traits of the old ones there ...
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How was Mongol religion influenced by Christianity?

One story stands out to me in particular. Erlik, a deity in Mongol mythology, was either the brother of or created as the first human by the supreme god Ülgen. I read that Erlik wanted to become equal ...
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Satan and Angra Mainyu

Many people say that Satan(Lucifer's Devil side) completely originated from Ahriman. I don't know much about the Avesta of Zoroaster but is that true?
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Where does the idea that Satan rules hell come from?

This article on the history of the Devil suggests Dante was the first who portrayed Satan as ruler of hell: The idea that the Devil governs hell may have come from the poem by Dante Alighieri, The ...
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Is there any mention of human sacrifice in the mythologies of Britain of the period before advent of Christianity?

In the mythologies that are there for the period in Scotland and England before the advent of Christianity, is there any mention of any practice of human sacrifice for religious rituals?
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How does the Devil come to be horned?

One of the most popular depictions of the Christian Devil is having horns. From whence does this derive? altarpiece by Michael Pacher depicting the Devil with Saint Wolfgang, Bishop of Regensburg ...