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Lucifer/Helel (Part 1)

Apparent name that was given to Satan before he fell from heaven in Christian lore. The name Helel is said to be Hebrew for the ‘shining one’ or ‘light-bearer’ and was translated in the ‘King James Bible’ as Lucifer, which was known to mean the ‘morning star’ or ‘Venus’.

The name itself was occasionally used to describe certain people including Christ Himself, before eventually become to refer to an angel. This is possibly due to the fact that the passage in which the name is first mentioned describes the morning star which was said to have been cast down to earth.

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Fiend Mother Harlot

Figure who appears in the ‘Book of Revelation’ known by the title of Whore of Babylon. She was often claimed to be the mother of all prostitutes and demonic creatures from under the world’s surface. It is told that sat upon a scarlet beast with seven heads and ten horns, wielding a golden cup and wearing drapes of purple and red and an enormous amount of jewels. At some point during the Apocalypse, she will be lead to her downfall by the beast.

She may have been a representation of the Roman Empire which was famous for persecuting Christians. This was because the seven heads of the beast she rode were often described as mountains, leading people to believe they embodied the seven hills of Rome. She may have also been an allegory for Jerusalem itself. The heads of the beast were told to represent kings as well.

Other views have appeared over the centuries. The famous Dante believed that Pope Boniface VIII was equated with her. She also appears in other religions such as Spanish Catholicism, where she was once incarnated Emirate of Córdoba. 

Some Reformists even say that she was the embodiment of the Roman Catholic Church. This idea is also held by Seven-Day Adventists and the Latter-Day Saints. In contrast, Jehovah’s Witnesses state that the Whore is the allegory for all religions except their own.

Fiend Matador

In Spanish culture, a Torero, also known as a Matador de Toros, is a performer of the art of bullfighting and must have great skills in agility, grace and co-ordination in order to win the battle. The sport is often divided into three parts that all pose a serious risk to humans.

The first round known as ‘Tercio de Varas’ is when a Matador must enter the ring, armed with only a cape and cover the bull’s face as it charges at him. Afterwards two other men will enter the ring with lances and spike the bull in order to weaken it.

In  the second round, ‘Tercio de Banderillas’ the two men will spear the bull with more lances while the Matador will use his cape to tire the bull out, while it slowly loses blood. Then in the last round, referred to as ‘Tercio de Muerte’ the Matador comes into the ring with only a red cloak and a sword. Using the cloak to enrage the bull, he attempts to stab it as it charges past him. If he is successful and the bull dies, he has won.

When in the ring, a Matador’s life is seriously threatened. As of the current time, over five hundred and thirty three Matadors have lost their life whilst bullfighting.

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The One and Only God: Ý̧̘̤̪͈͖̣̽̃̒́H̡̨͗̊̑̃͛ͦ͆͆҉͓̩̞͎̘͖̣̜ͅV̧͈̝͔͔͉̅̈́̏͊̊̋͂̀H̢̙͕̥̿ͨͦͫ̀̆̚͡/The Great Will/Yehowah

Supreme Being in Christianity, Judaism and Islamic religions. He is said to be the creator of everything in the universe and is all powerful, all good, and all knowing. Because He is a metaphysical being, the true gender of the Creator is unknown but He is generally accepted as male or nothing at all. It is told in lore that He is the One True God, with all others simply being demons who tricked humans into praying to them.

According to Christianity, God is split into three parts who are also one. These are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who symbolize God, Christ respectively. This vision of The Lord is considered blasphemy by Islamic religions, who state that Allah is unknowable and complete perfect in one shape.

He is both Christ and his father, the destroyer of Sodom and Gomorrah, the flooder of the world and the one who sent the plagues down to Egypt. In the ‘Old Testament’ He was often depicted as a wrathful god who would eventually mellow out during the ‘New Testament’. Some religions, such as Gnosticism, take this as evidence that the ‘God’ in the ‘Old Testament, is in fact, the Demiurge. This characterization of The Supreme One is possibly a left over from his original incarnation as Yahweh, a Canaanite war god. Over time worship of Yahweh grew to the point that all other gods were deposed and He was portrayed as the One and Only God.

The name YHVH comes from the Hebrew phrase known as the Tetragrammaton. The phrase is made up of the words ‘Yod, He, Waw, He’ and is sometimes translated as YHWH. Because the vowels included in the name were forbidden from being spoken or written down, they have become lost to history, rendering the true name unknowable and unpronounceable. Despite this, many ideas have popped up, including Yahweh, Yehowah, and even Jehovah. To get around this, Hebrews referred to The Lord as Adonai, while Christians simply use the word, God. The Tetragrammaton itself is said to mean ‘to exist’ or ‘to be’.