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BEELZEBUB
Also known as BAAL-ZEBUB, BAAL-ZEBUL, BEELZEBUL

A picture showing the legend of BEELZEBUB taken from our Middle-Eastern mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Middle-Eastern Gods, Middle-Eastern Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

Prince of Hell, Lord of the Flies and Satan's Bastard-in-Chief

Only recommended for fly bastards and Philistines.

He's the cause of more superstitious dread than SATAN himself. Which is odd, because he started out as a local variant of the perfectly respectable BAAL. He was a Top God of the Middle-East and had fan clubs everywhere.

The Philistines worshipped him under the name Baal Zebub, meaning 'Lord of Flies'. Which seems like a strange thing to be Lord of — until you realize that flies carry disease and plague. Anyone who can boss flies around just has to be respected. See MYIAGROS, for example.

But the Hebrew holy men didn't like it. For a start, they were terrified of flies, which were not just dangerous pestilential plague-carriers but also detestable in the eyes of the Lord. The last thing they wanted was unclean critters buzzing around the Tabernacle.

There is a school of theological opinion which suggests that GOD created every living creature except the fly — which was made by the Devil. We are inclined to agree. SATAN has a lot to answer for.

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Article last updated on 09 January 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT BEELZEBUB : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : BEELZEBUB
Area or people : Philistine
Location : the Middle-East
Gender : Male
Type : Demon
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : BAAL-ZEBUB, BAAL-ZEBUL, BEELZEBUL
Popularity index : 1507

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