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Why are goats associated with Satan?

Several reasons The reasons for the associations of goats with Satan vary. Some are quite ancient, while others are of more recent vintage. The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats Sheep are loyal. They ...
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Why are goats associated with Satan?

You can at least find 2 main reasons: Goat gods are pretty old beliefs. You find them in almost every cultures spreading everywhere. Celts have Cernunnos. In norse myth you have Tanngrisnir and ...
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Who was the first Satan like deity/creature/person in mythology?

This is a complex question, and entire books have been written on it. The modern conception of Satan is a mixture of qualities arising from paganism (horns, etc.) but the conception of Satan as evil ...
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Who was the first Satan like deity/creature/person in mythology?

As @Codosaur Pointed out, Satan is a character that rises up against the supreme deity of the mythology. I would add that in the Christian religion, he comes by many names I'll start a list here and ...
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How does the Devil come to be horned?

I have a theory that could possibly explain this. In Ezekiel 28:12-14, the king of Tyre (who is commonly believed to be Satan) is described as a cherub. In Ezekiel 1, the prophet Ezekiel saw 4 living ...
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Why Does the Devil Have a Silver Nose

Italo Calvino mentioned in his Italian Folktales that the silver nose was rare even in Italian tales. But a silver nose was sometimes used as a prosthetic, when you lost a nose to syphilis. Hence, a ...
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What is the meaning of the inscriptions on Baphomet arms?

"Solve et coagula" is the principle underlying alchemy: dissolve materials to their constituents and re-assemble these into something else. Fulcanelli writes of this quote: If you know how to ...
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Where does the idea that Satan rules hell come from?

I did some research on this bible website and couldn't find any text indicating Satan as the ruler of Hell indeed. I found that another name that can be used for hell is the Abyss: Luke 8 30 ...
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Why are goats associated with Satan?

Leviticus is mentioned as a source on the scapegoat as noted by @Obie 2.0. Then Aaron shall offer the goat on which the lot for the LORD fell, and make it a sin offering. 10"But the goat on ...
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Who was the first Satan like deity/creature/person in mythology?

I think "background" is going to exclude many mythologies with creatures having more or less the same role, if we include the notion of "rising up against the supreme deity of the mythology". Satan ...
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Where does the idea that Satan rules hell come from?

Why is Satan commonly believed to rule in hell? Some believe Satan is a Seraphim and chief yof the sinning angels, is probably the highest of all the angels. There are some who think that Lucifer was ...
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What is the meaning of the inscriptions on Baphomet arms?

This probably derives from the Greek coinage spagyria, which itself is supposed to come from 'σπάω' and 'ἀγείρω.' These words roughly correspond to "solve" and "coagula," or divide and join. This ...
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Is there any mention of human sacrifice in the mythologies of Britain of the period before advent of Christianity?

Yes, we have two main sources from the Early Roman Occupation era: Strabo, Geographies (64-21 BCE): The Romans put a stop both to these customs and to the ones connected with sacrifice and ...
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Is Krampus really pagan?

Krampus is based in the Alps of Austria and Bavaria. I am not to sure if he is norse, maybe more of a local myth. Sure he looks a bit like Faun or a devil but in the alps there are other "...
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How was Mongol religion influenced by Christianity?

This "falling from grace" story did not originate with Christianity. Take Tantalos for example, or Zeus banishing Hades to the underworld. As for earlier "fruit-picking" mythology, there's the story ...
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Satan and Angra Mainyu

Satan (or the devil) obtained for Jewish ideas almost the same significance as Ahriman for Persian. Indeed, in certain respects he developed greater power than his Persian counterpart, inasmuch as ...
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Why are goats associated with Satan?

In Märchen (aka "Fairy Tales"), the Grimms “Kinder und Hausmärchen” (Children’s and Household Tales) include a tale on how God created all animals and selected the wolves to be his hounds (KHM 1857 #...
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