abracax

    “Abracax or Abraxas, first of the gods of several Asian theogonies, whose name is taken from the philactery abracadabra. Abrax is represented on amulets with the head of a cock, dragons feet and a whip in his hand. Demonographers have him a demon who has the head of a king and serpents for feet. The Basilidians, twelfth century heretics, saw him as their god. Since they found the seven Greek letters which formed his name added up in Greek to the number 365, which is the number of days in a year. They placed under his command several orders of genies who presided over 365 heavens, to whom they attributed 365 virtues, one for each day. The Basilidians further claimed that Jesus Christ was nothing more than a benevolent phantom sent to earth by Abracax”