FolkloreThursday

Iblis is the Satan of the Qur’an. He’s the jinn who refused to bow to Adam and thus was cast out of heaven. However, he’s not an opponent to God, he was banished for his disdain for humanity. He has seven hairs on his chin and is blind in one eye. He has a penis on the inner side of his right thigh and the vulva on the other side, and produces his offspring by simply opening and closing his legs together. This is the reason there are so many shayatin (malevolent jinn).

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Abezethibou is a Jewish demon, distinguished by his one red wing from when he followed Beezlebub’s fall from heaven. He convinced Pharaoh to pursue the fleeing Israelite slaves, and drowned along with the army in the Red Sea after Moses un-parted it. He’s currently trapped in a pillar of water, but according to Beelzebub, he’ll return for conquest. ⠀

His story contrasts with the Christian view of the event in the Book of Exodus where Pharaoh’s and his advisor’s hearts were hardened by God, not by the demon. Art by Alese Osborn. ⠀

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Malphas is a fallen angel and one of the 72 Spirits of Solomon. He appears as a crow before taking the form of a hoarse voiced human. He swiftly builds houses and towers and brings them down just as easily. He accepts sacrifices but will trick those who offer them to him. From Dictionnaire Infernal, 1863.

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