posted on Aug, 7 2003 @ 04:38 PM
Originally posted by Estragon
Allegedly some sort of deity worshipped (their enemies claimed) by the Templars. Apparently, ot was first conceived of as some sort of stuffed
severed head but came to be considered as some sort of satanic goat!
Origin unknown: some highly dubious claims for a Greek etymology: "absorber of knowledge"; as likely -much more so, in Estragon's opinion -a
corruption of "Mahomet": there is ample evidence of Madiaeval mispronunciations and of the fact that Muhammad" wasn't really understood as a
"prophet"; but rather as some sort of Devil worshipped by pagans.
Estragon's correct. Before the age of the Internet, we researched the old books and this was what was there. There is no "Baphomet" on any of the
high magic lists of demons or angels (though they did have very extensive lists.) Witches certainly didn't worship any half-goat deity -- that and
Baphomet appear to have been made up by the Inquisition.
In those days, you were tortured until you confessed. You were put before a judge and jury and there was no lawyer for you (though there were lawyers
for the church in attendance.) Your neighbors couldn't just "give witness" -- they and your servants (if you had them) were brought in and
tortured so they would give evidence... any evidence. The quickest way out of torture was to make up something about someone worshipping a devil or
Thus the origin of Baphomet and other similar notions.
Since the Internet, anyone can put up any wild speculation without scholarship or research or backing and some of it is "believed" to be true.
Estragon's version is the correct one. The Grail connection leads you to a whole trail of falsehoods, I'm afraid.