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[Hebrew] for "[adversary]". [Judaism] casts this fellow as a sort of [heavenly] [D.A.], charged with pointing out [people]'s [sin]s. (q.v. the [Book of Job].) Hence, perhaps, the modern expression "[devil's advocate]".

In [Christianity] the idea of [Satan] became [conflate]d with several other [mythology|mythological] figures:

  • the [Serpent] in [Eden] (the original [tempter])
  • [Samael] (the [angel] of [death])
  • [Lucifer] (a [metaphor]ical [fallen] [king] in the [Book of Isaiah])
  • [Ahriman] (the [evil] [deity] of [dualism|dualist] [Zoroastrianism], opposed to [Ahura Mazda])
  • [Pan] (a pagan [Greek] [goat]-[god] [represent]ing much of what [Christian]s dislike about [pagan]s, including [ferocity], [independence], [madness], and [sex]).
As a result, we now have this [image] of [Satan] as a [sunburn]t [fallen angel] with [goat] [feet], ruling over [hell]. It's a total [pastiche], but then, [Western culture] is good at pastiche.

Some [medieval] [mage]s and [alchemist]s claimed to be able to [summon] [Satan] (amongst other [angel]s and [demon]s) safely, without harm to their [soul]s, on account of their [status] as [Christian]s. Later, this practice became considered [demonolatry], or [demon worship], and was condemned by the [Inquisition] among others. "[Consorting with demons]" (which meant [fuck]ing them as well as [worship]ping them) was a charge laid against supposed [witch]es during the [Burning Times].

Later, when [magick] underwent a bit of a [revival] in the [Renaissance] and after, it was believed that summoning [Satan] or [demon]s was characteristic of the [left-hand path] (or [black magick]), and [white magick]ians would have nothing to do with it.

Today, we have [Satanist]s of several [ilk]: some are [demonolatry|demonolaters], while others are simply [black magician]s using the image [Satan] as a [ritual focus], and others are [atheist] [anarchist]s who identify with the image of Satan as rebel.

([Satan Adama Tabat Amada Natas].)