Beelzen/Beelzebub

August 6, 2016

As we discussed on Episode One: St. Louis, there really is no such thing as a Beelzen. At least, no one except whoever this “operative” was seems to think so. Like I said, the only place I saw something that seemed even tangentially related to what was described was on this RPG site. For what it’s worth, this is the sketch the operative included:

beelzen sketch

Enjoy the nightmares, everyone.

Right? But as we discussed, the whole Beelzen thing is pretty close to Beelzebub, and people definitely talk about that guy. Most of us who know the name associate him with the big bad Devil of Christian lore. Whether you got that from Phoebe talking about every “Tom, Dick and Beelzebub” on Charmed or 2 Kings 1:2-3 doesn’t really matter at this point, right?

Even our name association is pretty shallow. After all, how “Beelzebub” is spelled varies in different versions of the Bible, and once you get outside of Christian mythology, you end up wading through a whole litany of gods in ancient civilizations with similar names in sound and structure.

But throughout all those stories, you see Beelzebub associated again and again with the imagery of flies. In fact, in Collin Deplancey’s Dictionnaire Infernal, Beelzebub literally IS a fly.

Beelzebub

I always knew those pests were evil.

But no matter what era you lived in, the name Beelzebub meant bad news. It was particularly bad news if you happened to be a woman with an iota of personality during the days of the Salem Witch Trials, where Beelzebub was frequently referenced as a culprit in demonic possessions. There was a whole pamphlet written about it back then, though, to be fair, it really only mentioned him by name in the title.

He must have been thrilled when he got a cheery makeover for this 2011 TV show.

That’s all I’ve got for you right now, but I promise to upload those files from Officer Kearny as soon as possible. See ya next week!

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