reply to post by demonid011
Beelzebub is really just the demonization of the Canaanite god Baal. Specifically, Baal-Zebul, or the "Lord of Princes" as the name translates to.
In this case Baal is not seen as a demon, but as a ruler and savior.
In his mythology he is the husband/brother of the goddess Anat. El, or Il, the Canaanite supreme god is determined to put Yamm, the sea-god (possibly
Leviathan), on the throne as King of the World. Baal challenges Yamm for the throne, is victorious, and El determines that Baal must die for killing
Baal, hearing this, journeys to the Underworld where he confronts Mot, the personification of death. At first they battle for seven years, but Mot
finally triumphs and Baal is killed. Enraged by his death, Anat travels to the Underworld and also confronts Mot. She burns him, flays him, cuts him
up, and does all kinds of other stuff to him. Upon being bested Mot agrees to return Baal to the living world.
Once returned, Baal adresses El, demanding to be made King of the Gods as he has conquered the sea, and death, as well as the fact that El's reign is
nearing its end. El is still resistant though; his wife, Asherah, "she who walks on the sea," steps in and persuades El to allow Baal to rule. Upon
doing so, El submits and Baal is made heir and King of the Gods.
Baal-Zebul, therefore, is a title of Baal, as the Lord of Princes, or King of the Gods. Interestingly enough, history is rife with information on
, and any Google search), Baal (any wiki, Google, or mythology
book), and Anat (any Canaanite, Egyptian, Mesopotamian mythology book, or Google). The first having been the Jewish god's wife, who upon leaving him
took throngs of his devoted followers with her. The second, Baal, having become Beelzebub in the Church's smear campaign. The final, Anat, bearing
extremely strong ties to the Sumerian/Semitic Inanna/Ishtar, whom the Bible demonizes as Ashtoreth.
The Church has a long history of demonizing the religious and spiritual figures it cannot compete with. Beelzebub, or Baal-Zebul, being one of
That's not Beelzebub's face in the video. Also, there is no face in the video. I thought a history lesson was more entertaining than just saying that
though. You're welcome.
~ Wandering Scribe
edit on 8/8/12 by Wandering Scribe because: spelling and grammar