posted on Aug, 12 2010 @ 03:19 PM
I must first mention that this theory is not mine, but originates from the studies of Margaret Murray, specifically her book titled "The God of the
Witches", written in the early 20th century, and she herself may have used the theories of others. I understand she has very little proof, and has
been criticized, but I'm going to use her general theory, and go beyond her own analysis.
Her theory basically states that the Devil, as in, a horned beast, was the main God of pre-Christian Europe. The God of the Old religion becomes the
Devil of the New religion, and the New religion was Christianity, which "demonized" the previous horned God.
Of course this makes sense, but I will go beyond this. I will first add the serpent, which was not mentioned by her, as another respected deity in
non-Christian religions, as the serpent is known to have wisdom and a great amount of symbolism.
But my main point was to look at even older religions.
More primitive societies today, and those of the past, worshiped a variety of Nature spirits. Not only in Islam, but in ancient Mesopotamian
religion, spirits of the wild areas were their demons. In Islam these are called Jinn, and in ancient Mesopotamia the same characters were demons by
various names, and the wild Nature spirits were dangerous and evil. Remember again that the pre-Islamic and pre-Mesopotamian-civilization Nature
spirits were worshiped, and then became demons after a new religion was established. I might add that lifestyle changes occurred, such as the shift
from hunting & gathering to nomadic herding, farming, and urbanization, among other changes.
Even in Christianity, demons of the wild desert or other wild areas are mentioned in the Bible, even in the New Testament. The Bible does not mention
what exactly the Devil looks like, however, unless the serpent could be representative, but it is not mentioned often outside the first book, Genesis.
The Devil is mainly a trickster in the New Testament.
Looking the modern religion of Wicca, a fast-growing neo-pagan religion, it is easy to see how their beliefs are not new, but mainly derive from the
pre-Christian religions. The horned God or Goddess, and the crescent moon, and so on, are making a come-back, possibly with the rebellion against
Christianity. It may be a cycle then, that old Gods return to be worshiped.
Another topic I need to discuss is the Mother Goddess of the Neolithic/Stone-Age, and the Venus figurines found throughout Europe and West Asia,
originating at a time of mostly hunting-gathering societies. In these societies, as in modern hunting-gathering societies, women are actually more
important than men in the obtaining of food. There was a high degree of sexual equality in the Stone Age, and an obese woman represented the fertile
earth that was worshiped.
This obese Mother Earth Goddess was before the beginnings of the domestication of plants and animals. It was likely that women slowly lost equality
during the beginnings of civilization, with the new worship of a more masculine horned God. In some areas there was likely a shift soon after to a
more equal society or Pantheon of Gods and Goddesses.
In early civilizations there is often a duality theme in the Pantheon. The sun & moon, man & woman, and so on, are examples. Christianity came with
a trinity overcoming this duality and making the duality heretical, for example calling Nestorius a heretic for saying Jesus had a separate divinity
and humanity. Then Islam began with the One God theme, calling the trinity heretical. Rastafarian came more recently saying that Babylon (modern
society) is Evil, and Zion (more simple life) is the correct path.
I could go into more detail, and give more examples, but I just wanted to begin a discussion, and open people's minds on the subject.