An imagined pagan deity (i.e., a product of Christian folklore concerning pagans), revived in the 19th century as a figure of occultism and Satanism.
Origin: From medieval Latin Baphometh, baffometi, from Occitan Bafometz.
an idol or symbolical figure which the Templars were accused of using in their mysterious rites
Baphomet is a term originally used to describe a deity supposedly worshiped by the Knights Templars, and subsequently incorporated into disparate occult and mystical traditions. It first appeared in 11th and 12th century Latin and Provençal as a corruption of "Mahomet", the Latinisation of "Muhammad", but later it appeared as a term for a pagan idol in trial transcripts of the Inquisition of the Knights Templar in the early 14th century. The name first came into popular English-speaking consciousness in the 19th century, with debate and speculation on the reasons for the suppression of the Templars. Since 1856, the name Baphomet has been associated with a "Sabbatic Goat" image drawn by Eliphas Lévi. It represents the duality of male and female, as well as Heaven and Hell or night and day, signified by the raising of one arm and the downward gesture of the other. It can be taken to represent any of the major harmonious dichotomies of the cosmos. However, Baphomet has been connected with Satanism as well, primarily due to the adoption of its symbol by the Church of Satan.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
baf′ō-mėt, n. the alleged name of a mysterious idol the Templars were accused of worshipping.—adj. Baph′ometic. [A medieval corr. of the name Mahomet.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a mysterious image, presumed represent Mahomet, which the Templars were accused of worshipping, but which they may rather be surmised to have invoked to curse them if they failed in their vow; Carlyle refers to this cult in "Sartor," end of Bk. II. chapter vii., where he speaks of the "Baphometic fire-baptism" of his hero, under which all the spectres that haunted him withered up. Baptism
The numerical value of baphomet in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of baphomet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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