Baphomet

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  • Medieval Medieval (culture)
  • Humanoid Humanoid (attribute)
  • Heraldic Heraldic (attribute)
  • Friendly and Dangerous Friendly and Dangerous (behaviour)

A heraldic creature from medieval Europe that is depicted as a woman or just a womans torso with an extra head. The second head is believed to be that of a male.

The Baphomet appeared as a term for a pagan idol in trial transcripts of the Inquisition of the Knights Templar in the early 14th century. Previously during 1307 - 1310 the Baphomet was believed to be a subject of idolatrous and decadent worshiping practice of the prophet Mohammed and Mohamet. Any who was caught practicing this was seen as a heretic during the high-profile papal heresy trials that were taking place. After the fall of the Templars, the Baphomet was then used in heraldry across the continent of Europe.

Since 1855, the name Baphomet has been associated with a ‘Sabbatic Goat’ image drawn by Eliphas Lévi. This popular image originates from ancient pictures of the Devil as seen on medieval Tarot cards.

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