posted on Dec, 30 2012 @ 01:54 PM
Years ago, I saw in the Utne Reader, which is a sort of "Readers' Digest" of the alternative press, an article about Hell. The lead
illustration showed the Buddhist version of Hell. It was all there, the familiar red devils with forked tails, horns, pitchforks, flames, etc. I
realized that the biggest difference between the Christian Hell and the Buddhist Hess was artistic style. So, I began to wonder where our ideas of
Hell came from.
Years later, my best friend hooked up with a group of visiting Japanese, and as a farewell present, they gave him a t-shirt depicting the Japanese
Devil. Once again, he was red, with horns, and all the rest. So, I wondered some more.
Today, I'm a "Hell atheist" - I don't believe such a place exists, nor do people go to such a place.
It occurs to me that if "Satan" has a similar sound in so many languages, it may just be a fairly late development.