Canaanite Mythology

The Gods of Ancient Canaan

BEELZEBUB

Philistine Demon

Also known as BAAL-ZEBUB, BAAL-ZEBUL, Beelzebul, Baʿal Zəvûv

Picture of the Canaanite Demon Beelzebub from our Canaanite mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

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 worshiped 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.

Beelzebub Facts and Figures

Name: Beelzebub
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: BAAL-ZEBUB, BAAL-ZEBUL, Beelzebul, Baʿal Zəvûv

Gender: Male
Type: Demon
Area or people: Philistine, Canaan
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 561

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Article last revised on May 19, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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