GOATED

Why the goat, you know? Why do people associate goats with Hell and the devil? You could easily go with a different animal, like a walrus or a ferret. Granted, I don’t think a walrus would do well in the fires of damnation, and a ferret isn’t all that imposing. So what’s the deal with goats?

Well, seems like the first and foremost reason is because they were used as a metaphor for sinners in the Bible. Sheep on one side, goats on the other. The shepherd is just like, “Get out of here, you selfish assholes,” to the goats. “Go jump in hellfire, idiots.”

So goats are sinners, but why do they end up a representation of the devil itself so often?

That association is owed to a little thing called Baphomet. Now, Baphomet started out as a misheard “Muhammed” brought back to Europe by the Templars following The Crusades. When the king of France decided to cut off all the Christian institutions he didn’t have authority over, he levied some hefty accusations of heresy on groups like the Templars, who in some contexts, particularly torture, admitted to worship of a head they allegedly labeled Baphomet.

Centuries later, the name popped up again when people looked back and wondered, “Gee, what was up with all that mess?” One guy named Éliphas Lévi took a bunch of different references to pagan iconography, particularly a purported Egyptian goat deity and medieval witchcraft records, and ended up crafting the androgyne goat with a fire between its horns that we know today. Aleister Crowley took it from there, which influenced subsequent tarot cards, and the Rider-Waite (a popular set) put Baphomet as the devil card.

And there you have it, we got the goat Satan we think of today. But going back through history, it seems like Baphomet was never intended to be one and the same as the Christian Satan. Lévi even made it out to be something that Christians labeled as the devil when it may instead have been a continuance of pagan rituals done by purported witches. Baphomet itself is supposed to be a symbol of balance.

Anyway, here are some cute shirts featuring the little dude.

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GOATED

Why the goat, you know? Why do people associate goats with Hell and the devil? You could easily go with a different animal, like a walrus or a ferret. Granted, I don’t think a walrus would do well in the fires of damnation, and a ferret isn’t all that imposing. So what’s the deal with goats?

Well, seems like the first and foremost reason is because they were used as a metaphor for sinners in the Bible. Sheep on one side, goats on the other. The shepherd is just like, “Get out of here, you selfish assholes,” to the goats. “Go jump in hellfire, idiots.”

So goats are sinners, but why do they end up a representation of the devil itself so often?

That association is owed to a little thing called Baphomet. Now, Baphomet started out as a misheard “Muhammed” brought back to Europe by the Templars following The Crusades. When the king of France decided to cut off all the Christian institutions he didn’t have authority over, he levied some hefty accusations of heresy on groups like the Templars, who in some contexts, particularly torture, admitted to worship of a head they allegedly labeled Baphomet.

Centuries later, the name popped up again when people looked back and wondered, “Gee, what was up with all that mess?” One guy named Éliphas Lévi took a bunch of different references to pagan iconography, particularly a purported Egyptian goat deity and medieval witchcraft records, and ended up crafting the androgyne goat with a fire between its horns that we know today. Aleister Crowley took it from there, which influenced subsequent tarot cards, and the Rider-Waite (a popular set) put Baphomet as the devil card.

And there you have it, we got the goat Satan we think of today. But going back through history, it seems like Baphomet was never intended to be one and the same as the Christian Satan. Lévi even made it out to be something that Christians labeled as the devil when it may instead have been a continuance of pagan rituals done by purported witches. Baphomet itself is supposed to be a symbol of balance.

Anyway, here are some cute shirts featuring the little dude.

More Great Designs!

-It All Started In 76
-Perfect Pairings
-Evil Doesn’t Pay (You Do)
-The System
-Devil Went Down to Jersey
-Right Side Up by Demonigote
-Attack on Yavin by Arinesart

If it wasn’t goats, what animals should we think of when we think “devil?”

  • Snakes
    Snakes
  • Cats
    Cats
  • Wolves
    Wolves
  • Bats
    Bats
  • Crows
    Crows
  • Bugs
    Bugs
  • MANKIND
    MANKIND
  • Other (comment in the discussion)
    Other (comment in the discussion)
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